Proverbs 17:9 (NLT)
9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

The wisdom of King Solomon granted to him by God tells us love is able to prosper when a fault against someone is forgiven. Dwelling on the fault allows it to grow in the heart and builds resentment that is hard to overcome. Knowing this is true even for the closest of friends makes it so much more important to learn to forgive when we have the chance to do so.

Alexander Pope was a famous 18th century English poet. He was born into a Catholic family during a period of history where the English Church was at conflict with the Roman Catholic Church. Religious Catholic schooling was restrictive. It was a period of intense anti-Catholic sentiment in England, and at some point in Alexander's childhood, the Pope family was forced to relocate to be in compliance with a statute forbidding Catholics from living within ten miles of London or Westminster. Yet even with the religious turmoil in his life; Pope left us with a poetic quote many of us know today. It is a quote which reminds us of King Solomon�s words, �To err is human, to forgive is divine.� Humans make errors, have faults and sin. Yet God gives us the grace to forgive and release our anger. Christ said we should love one another and put aside faults. Christ even went further to give His own life to forgive our sins. Shouldn�t we learn to forgive and let love proper in our lives?