A simple concept, but difficult to absorb, and even more difficult to embrace:
If I refuse to forgive another, I have no claim on the Atonement. Beyond that, I deny another the very mercy, the very Atonement that I am counting on.
Why? Because I am not involved in another man’s claim on the Atonement. It is between the sinner and the Savior. For all I know, they have already come to terms regarding the offense.
But by not being able/willing to forgive those who offend me, I am releasing my claim on what the Atonement can do for me.
The Atonement is wasted on me.