We will forgive, sure, if you count being able to vocalize that we forgive someone for something. Although, adults rarely face their offenders, and if they do, have learned to cover over the reluctance and insincerity with many more layers and facades.
For the past several years, I have been learning that forgiveness isn't just an academic flipping of a switch. We cannot just say that we forgive. I have learned that forgiveness hasn't happened until the pain is gone. Often, people will say that they have forgiven, but will readily state that they will not be hurt by that person again. Pain is still present. Or, "Oh yes, I've forgiven them," but go on to say that they can't stand to see them, or hear them talk about some matter, or be reminded in some way of what they did. Pain is still present. Forgiveness does not happen until the pain is gone.
Several posts ago, I focused on pain. Pain is a blessing given by God to alert us that there is something wrong. No one enjoys suffering with pain, in fact, my back let me know that something was wrong yesterday, and I wished it could have waited to give me that message until a more convenient time. However, pain is there to tell us something is wrong and we need to fix it. I cannot 'fix' other people. I cannot remove what other people have done. I can only fix my responses, my feelings, and my choices in the matter. When there is still pain, it is never that the other person needs to change. It would be nice if they would. It would be a big blessing if they would. But pain alerts the person who feels it that something is wrong.
What is wrong when we feel pain for an offense that has not been forgiven? There are several things wrong. First: we have not forgiven in the same way that God has forgiven us. If we love God, we need to keep His commandments, otherwise, we will feel pain. Second: when we choose not to forgive, we give a small slice of control over our life to the person who hurt us. As a Christian, God is the only one who is to have that control. And even apart from that, who willingly gives control of their life to a person who has hurt them? Thirdly: when we don't forgive, it places a burden on a relationship that God may have given us to be an opportunity for ministry. All of these reasons cause pain, because their is something wrong that we need to fix.
By all means, keep going through the motions of forgiveness. Say you're sorry. Say "I forgive you." Give a hug, send a card, smile. But make sure the pain goes away when you do it. If it doesn't, remind yourself that they are forgiven. Give another hug, send another card, bake a pie, cake or cookies (for them :)), and make sure that the pain is gone. Love them until it is completely gone. And then keep on loving them.
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
- Ephesians 4:32