Why is it important to forgive?
1. Unforgiveness stands between you and God.
2. Forgiveness is good for you.
If you harbor unforgiveness, you will be holding on to bitterness and thinking badly of others.
3. Forgiving helps us grow.
4. Forgiveness leads to healing. 
5. Forgiveness is a free gift.
6. Forgiveness leads to purification of the spirit.
“If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
7. Being forgiving is empowering.
8. We should forgive because we have been forgiven by God. 
“…and be kind to one other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:32