See these thoughts on the health benefits of forgiveness at MayoClinic.com. I used to consider the benefits obtained by the “forgiven” outweighed those received by the “forgiver” – this articles suggests a much different view.
Somewhere here down in my basement, I have a book-length treatment on forgiveness – I need to get it out and re-read it. I have been thinking about this subject a lot here lately.
Interestingly, as I am writing this, NPR has a story on how Roman Polanski was swept up in Switzerland this weekend for a charge of having sex with a thirteen year old girl in the 1970’s. I guess the victim, now in her 40’s, has favored dropping the charges for some time.