I am more hurt than angry at the person who was unfair to me.  Because I do not have anger, does this mean I do not have to forgive?

One reason why we forgive is because we are starting to be psychologically compromised because of deep anger or resentment.  Another reason why we forgive is for the sake of the other person, to give that person a second chance.  A third reason why we forgive is because forgiveness is a moral virtue which extends respect and even love to the other.  Thus, you should feel free to forgive for points 2 and 3 mentioned here.  Also, hurt that is not addressed can lead to resentment and so you may be preventing the first point from occurring as you forgive.

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