In Matthew 18:15-35, Jesus teaches his followers about forgiveness. When I was reading this passage I thought of Dylan Roof.
The family members of those murdered by Dylan Roof, spoke of their hurt and the pain he caused by taking away their loved ones. However, they also offered forgiveness.
This is a great example of how forgiveness works in the real world. Dylan Roof was forgiven, but he will still pay for his crimes. He still owes a debt to society and will be punished.
Dylan Roof may never feel remorse for his actions, but the willingness to forgive still benefits the family members. It allows them to let go of the hate and anger they feel inside of them. The family members are free to heal, because of their willingness to forgive.
Forgiveness can be difficult, but it can also bring healing.