But, you ask, If we forgive, arent we approving of the wrong done to us? Lets answer that question with another one: Did God approve of our sin when He forgave us? Far from approving of our sin, which had distanced us from Him, God recognized sin for what it was: the violation of the law of Love. He allowed Himself to feel the effects of this betrayal deep within His being, the pain of finding Himself alienated from His children. In this state of recognizing the evil done, God chose to forgive us. Instead of paying us in kind, He gave us love for our hatred, integrity for our dishonesty, generosity for our selfishness.