The following excerpt comes from my newly released book, A Forgiveness Journal: Letting Go of the Past, from a section in Chapter One called “The Big Picture.” I think these are the reasons that we are called to forgive.
“If you recognize that each person on this earth is a divine spirit in an earthly body, then there can be some acknowledgement that a divine hand is in everything that you experience. If you further acknowledge that everyone is connected energetically to each other and to a Higher Power (that some call God, Yahweh, Allah, Goddess, Beauty, or Truth), you can imagine that all souls are dancing together to some, as yet mysterious, heavenly music. Lastly, if you can acknowledge that everything happens for a reason and that your soul evolves most quickly when you learn to deal with earthly challenges such as suffering, then you can (almost) thank the other person who hurt you for presenting an opportunity to grow through the challenge of learning to forgive.
This is why forgiveness is a spiritual process. It is spiritual in the sense that it involves the human spirit, the essence of each person that yearns for wisdom, courage, and compassion. This essence is what makes you divine. “