Philip Yancey blends new material along with adaptations from his classic, What's So Amazing About Grace, to present a unique look at what forgiveness is, why it's so difficult, why we must choose this unnatural and scandalous act, and why we must approach God again and again, yielding to Him the remains of what we thought we had committed to Him long ago. We do it because the gospel clarifies the connection: God forgives our debts as we forgive our debtors. Yet, the reverse is also true: Only by living in the stream of God's forgiveness will we find the strength to forgive others.
We may speak of forgiveness quite often, even believing that we are a forgiving person, but do we truly understand the depth of it and what it demands of us? Does our life proclaim it as powerfully as our words? We should should have no illusions about forgiveness, for it might be the most demanding act in human relationships, and the hardest thing we ever have to do.
For anyone who lives and loves imperfectly, so all of us, forgiveness provides an alternative to an endless cycle of resentment and revenge. It alone can set us free. Christians can and must reveal the forgiveness the world craves. A cease fire between human being begins with forgiveness, the beginning and ending of grace.