The Gift of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a gift you give to another, but it is also a gift you give to yourself. The gift is Freedom from being held captive by removing the power held over you that can block your own Peace and Joy. The gift of Forgiveness is Freedom, and the gift of Freedom is Peace. Peace then opens the door to Joy so it may enter your life once again.
This does not mean the actions that hurt you are ever condoned or excused, but by choosing to forgive, you release yourself from the bondage of pain and suffering that can dominate your life. The gifts received are Freedom, Peace, and Joy.