“To forgive is to make a decision to cancel the debt that you are owed and not hold it against your offender. There is no forgiveness without a debt. And when we realize the enormity of our own debt, it makes forgiveness possible. So in this sense, forgiveness is closely related to gratitude. If our hearts overflow with gratitude for all that God has done for us, all that he did to secure our salvation, all he continues to do to keep us–then forgiveness will be easier. That person who doesn’t have anything to be grateful for is an angry, vengeful person.”
John Perkins, One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2018, page 102.