The definition of forgiveness clearly says that you don't have to like the person to forgive them. It says you stop resenting them. This is what Neal is asking Lionel to do. He doesn't want to be best friends with him, Neal just wants Lionel to stop resenting him.
This quote represents the theme because it describes how anger leads to bitterness and how forgiveness sets you free.
This is a song about how everyone needs compassion and forgiveness. This is very true in the story Goin Fishin because Neal is dying on the inside with the forgiveness of Lionel.
This poem follows one of the themes of Goin Fishin by Chris Crutcher which is "Anger is a sign of weakness while forgiveness is a sign of strength." It follows this theme because it describes someone who is begging for forgiveness. He openly recognizes how difficult it is to do but that's why it takes a lot of strength to forgive.
This drawing represents the theme because it's an image of two people forgiving each other. They're using a lot of strength to hug the person they most likely despised.
This article says that you should muster up genuine compassion for those who have wronged you, and move on from the past, instead of allowing bitterness and anger toward others eat away at you. Lionel should read this article and realize that the anger is destroying his life and to move on he needs to forgive Neal.