You know, it’s only in long-term relationships that we really learn to forgive.
People marry and divorce. Friendships come and go as we all move around. We have thousands of facebook “friends”… yet we the whole online thing is so premeditated that there aren’t many oppurtunities for angering each other, and there aren’t many ways that people can do important things together, so there’s not much liklihood of really messing up and asking someone to forgive you.
Some of us stay connected to family, still. But it’s different with family. You almost have to forgive family. Or in a different way, we never forgive family.
The sum total is that we live our lives hopping from one relationship to another, whenever things get tough. I’d argue that we aren’t good at forgiving… and probably, as the bible says, we end up being not being very good at being forgiven.