There is not a need for forgiveness in the way that the world thinks of it.. We create the need for forgiveness in OUR mind. Through the thought that someone has hurt or offended, treated us poorly in some way, we believe that we must forgive to heal. And as long as we hold the belief that we have been hurt, there appears to exist the need to forgive.
But these are our thoughts --- not universally held and thus not real. This applies from the most "minor" to the most "egregious" offense that we see as having been done to us --- from a simple comment by someone you barely know to sexual abuse by a parent.
In our minds there is really no difference, as we believe the need for forgiveness exists. It's just that with an act like sexual abuse there are so many layers of emotions tied up that we create this expansive story in our heads which requires forgiveness. But once we feel and once we are no longer controlled by the emotions behind it, untangling that emotional web, we can see the act of sexual abuse or rape for what it is --- another experience in our life --- and release the beliefs and story line around it that require forgiveness.
Certainly, as we release false beliefs, it is more difficult to that around family members. A stranger may say or do something that has no effect, but it is much more painful if done by a family member. This is because the family member is a long term part of the story you have created and don't want to disentangle from. So even forgiveness --- not even considering a higher perspective where forgiveness is not needed --- becomes difficult.
But even though the family member is a leading character in your story, it is still a story and they are no different than any other part of God you encounter. Forgiveness can be an important step when you are in the middle of healing an experience, but it is only a temporary step which allows you to move to a higher perspective. Just as we can never truly be hurt because we are Divine, God has no need to forgive us because we have never done anything which requires His forgiveness.
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