Perhaps because, as Jalics writes, he forgave his enemy as Christians are supposed to do.
I forgave him, although the cruelty that he and the boys at my school displayed stayed with me for many, many years.
In the end, she too forgave him, taking care of a dying Leary.
Philomena, I asked her if she forgave the nuns for what they did to her, and she said, “Yes.”
We forgave him for not shaking the hands of his opponents when Orlando erased the Cavs in the 2009 playoffs.
One forgave him all considering this madness that had fallen upon him.
For the first time Hester forgave on the instant the act of blaming her husband.
He wanted to know that she forgave him, but also wanted to assure her that he expected her to mind what she did, to go straight.
He pitied the very baroness herself, and forgave her declining his visit.
She would tell her parents that she forgave them, tell them how she loved them still in spite of all their wickedness.
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).
The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.