You talk of compassion, benevolence, and love, but you say that these are not part of the **decision** to forgive. Why do you not see these as part of the decision?

The decision to forgive usually is a cognitive act rather than an expression of the heart, of one’s emotions.  One usually makes a decision to forgive without necessarily feeling compassion and love because we are not yet ready to offer these when we make the cognitive decision to forgive.

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