Forgiveness is a powerful and necessary characteristic for life. In our fallen state we all have our share of self-centeredness, and ignorance of others needs and feelings. This causes us to hurt and be hurt. It causes us to offend both God and others. The power to forgive and be forgiven was gained for us at the cross. It is vital that we depend upon daily. We have no life with God apart from the forgiveness granted us through Christ. We have no relationship with others unless we are willing to forgive, and to ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness has been given to us at the greatest possible cost. Let’s be willing to use it in all of our relationships.