The Greek word for forgiveness means, “to send away”or, quite literally, “to let go.”That suggests that forgivenessis a choice. It is not something that simply happens over time; it doesn’t just go away if we ignore the pain. Forgiveness is a conscious decision on the part of the offended person to let it go. In fact, the person you choose to forgive may not ever know that you have done so; they may not even be living any more. But in your heart, you will always know that you forgave them.