Like many important life skills, it starts in the sand box.
“That wasn’t nice to take his bucket. Say you’re sorry.”
“Say ‘I forgive you.’ ”
“I forgive you.”
It begins like brushing teeth. It’s something you are told you must do, a habit you must develop even though you cannot comprehend the consequence of a cavity.
I have learned a lot about the consequences of not forgiving. Like a cavity, at first, bitterness does unseen damage.