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Jul 21, 2010, 2:43 PM

The importance of forgiving one another is more than important. To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.

Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness and even vengeance - but if you don't practice forgiveness, you may be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy.

Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for many varying modern day traditions and practices of forgiveness.

The Qur'an makes it clear that, whenever possible, it is better to forgive another than to attack another.

The Qur'an describes the believers (Muslims) as those who, avoid gross sins and vice, and when angered they forgive.

Islamic teaching presents the Prophet Muhammad as an example of someone who would forgive others for their ignorance, even those who might have once considered themselves to be his enemies.

In the New Testament, Jesus speaks of the importance of Christians forgiving or showing mercy towards others.

Once again we emphasise that at the national level, there is a need to forgive those who might have hurt us in one way or other; hence when we forgive, we grow bigger in spirit and mind.

"Good, to forgive; Best, to forget! Living, we fret; dying, we live."

Robert Browning