Forgive. As a word it is a transitive verb meaning that 1) it shows action, and 2) it must have a direct object, or someone or something to receive the action. Forgiveness requires that we cease to feel resentment toward someone, to give up a claim of wrong, or that we grant relief from some sort of payment or punishment.
Forgiveness is never about the other person. Forgiveness is a protection for our hearts against anger and bitterness.
Forgiveness is not a natural action for our flesh. It is not simply saying the words then everything is over and back to normal. However, the Bible is clear on matters of forgiveness. We do not need to wait to forgive. We do not need to be asked by someone to forgive. We simply must FORGIVE. To not forgive is to tread upon the blood of our Savior.
Colossians 3:13, Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Luke 6:36-37, Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: