In an interview with his former pastor on Sunday at the NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, Davey Blackburn said he had made the decision to forgive Taylor, Watson and Gordon.
"What I realized was that forgiveness isn't an emotion. I wasn't ever going to feel like forgiving them. Just point blank: You're never going to feel like forgiving someone for doing something to you that's irreparable," Blackburn said. "What I realized is that forgiveness is a decision. And it's not just a one-time decision. It's a daily decision. I have to wake up and I have to decide to forgive. And here's why I decided to decide to forgive. It's because bitterness and unforgiveness is going to be a cancer to no one else except for me. And it's going to eat me up inside if I hold on to that."