For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:5

Scripture makes clear that, having received much from the hand of the Lord, much is expected of us (Luke 12:48). This is true of spiritual gifts, of cherished parental investment, of financial blessing, and of many other benefits we enjoy. What we do with what we’ve been given is very important to the Lord.

Nowhere is this truth more evident than the gift of merciful forgiveness the Lord extends to us all. Only you and the Lord can know how many of your character flaws, points of failure, compromise, and unholy thoughts have been completely forgiven by the Holy Lord.

What will you do with so great a gift?

You have but one choice before the Lord—extend that same forgiveness liberally to those who wrong you. When someone’s character flaw brings you personal injury, you forgive. When their point of failure affects you personally, you forgive. When their unholy living brings you offense, you forgive.

Jesus extends mercy. Jesus forgives failure. Will you?