Necessary?? YES! Absolutely!! Why? Because God said so.... Easy? NOT AT ALL! Do we have the grace to do so? OF COURSE!!
Remember that forgiveness, depending on the person with whom you are dealing, does not always mean reconciliation. Some people you are meant to let go.... like Rose let go of Jack. (Some will get this...!!)
And yes, it may still hurt years later. It doesn't mean that forgiveness has not been dealt with. It only means that there is hurt that still needs to be rooted out and turned over to Jesus. Hurt can hide in layers, just like in the layers of an onion. Peel them off a layer at a time. You may weep as the layers come off, but that is okay. Healing is happening...
You will need the peace of God to flood you and help you to heal. Keep your mind on Jesus...
Isaiah 26:3 ~You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
~Kimberly @ God's Healing Power Radio Ministry. GodsHealingPower.org Contact us for prayer, counseling and resources.