The scriptures repeatedly make clear that we withhold forgiveness at our own spiritual peril. The Peacegiver, James L. Ferrell’s profound book about the Atonement, summarizes in one powerful paragraph exactly why this is so . . .
“When we withhold forgiveness from others, we are in effect saying that the atonement alone was insufficient to pay for this sin. We are holding out for more. We are finding fault with the Lord’s offering. We are in essence demanding that the Lord repent of an insufficient atonement. So when we fail to forgive another, it is as if we are failing to forgive the Lord — who needs no forgiveness.”