These two are not just often spoken together but need always be together.
People often say, I forgive you but I can never forget what you did. I’m sorry to break the news to you guys, but if you can’t forget, you can’t forgive. You have to forget what they did in order to forgive them. You tell me that it’s nearly impossible to forget actions of others, and I say that this means it is nearly impossible for you to forgive someone.
Why do I say that? Remember the last time someone did something bad to you, apologized and was Forgiven by you? Now think, if that same person did something bad to you again, your first thought would be that he hurt you “again”, just like he did that one time. I am sure of this because when I asked you to remember such an incident, you did remember it.
Forgiveness means to let go of the hurt you felt. When you say, “I forgive you”, you mean that you no longer feel bad/hurt by what the other person did. But if that is the case, why does it cross our mind often when that same person hurts us again.
The things that we forgive others for, get forgotten too. If it’s not forgotten, it’s not forgiven. When you genuinely wish to forgive someone, forget the hurt they caused to you.