There are two phases of forgiving. The 1st is to issue a pardon. The second is to cancel the debt they owe you. Without doing both, you will never gain the freedom promised in John 8:32 (The Truth shall make you free).
Declaring God’s ownership over you and all your problems is the only way to master instant forgiveness. Psalm 24:1, Psalms 100:3, 1 Corinthians 7:23
If we step back from the Bible and get a larger perspective where we can see the scriptures from end to end, we can begin to see an overall theme. Hidden within the garden narrative is the subtle theme of “happiness”, the most profound journey of mankind. God’s purpose and quest in the Bible is redemption, bringing man back into a relationship with Him. But man’s purpose and pursuit is happiness. The subject of happiness and the pursuing of it have so permeated even our own culture, that it became a part of the Declaration of Independence as a truth self-evident, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. It is termed an unalienable right.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve lost their innocence. Their loss of innocence gave them the ability to sense moral issues, and they could now be aware that they were wearing no clothes. People can see the simple truth of loss of innocence very easily.
Something far greater than simple innocence was lost, Adam and Eve lost sight of God as their owner.