14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
FORGIVENESS AND RELATIONAL TRUST ARE NOT THE SAME
Forgiving others is a commandment, trusting them is not. Forgiveness is the extension of grace while relational trust is an affirmation of another's proven trustworthiness. Forgiveness is the expression of unmerited favor. Relational trust is reciprocation toward honor. Forgiveness pardons betrayal. Relational trust may or may not be restored over time. Spiritual transformation is the foundation upon which the possibility of restored trust is built. The work of God within makes all things possible.
Real forgiveness will defeat the tyranny that would otherwise high jack and insatiably rule personal and relational behavior in the absence of personal trust. Forgiveness does not exploit the absence of relational trust.