You know what amazed me? The forgiveness of Isaac and Esau toward Jacob. Jacob deceived them big time. What he did was reprehensible.
After his lies and stealing of Esau's inheritance we see his dad Isaac sending him off. This is what Isaac says to him, "You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. And may God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples."
Isaac goes on, but the one thing he doesn't mention is Jacob's past lies. He doesn't even say, "And don't deceive Laban like you deceived me."
I know I've given my kids those qualifiers - -just have to bring something up again.
Isaac shows true forgiveness. He takes Jacob as he is.
After Jacob leaves he has a dream where God speaks to him. And guess what? God doesn't mention his lies and deceit either. Instead God says to Jacob, "I am with you, and will keep you wherever you, and will bring you back to this land;"
He says a lot more than that but that is the most important part (read it in Genesis 28 if you like).
When Jacob comes back 20 years later he's afraid of Esau. Esau is rightly angry and at first he wanted to kill Jacob.
But this is what Esau does when he sees his long-lost brother:
"Then Esau ran to meet (Jacob) and embracd him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." Genesis 33:4
Oh, that we would forgive like this! This is the only way to forgive. Reconciliation is our ministry. Let's do it!