Some people resist overlooking offenses and settling disputes by arguing, “I have my rights—and it wouldn’t be just to let him off so easily.” Whenever I hear this comment from a Christian, I ask, “Where would you spend eternity if God administered justice that was not tempered with mercy?” The answer is obvious: We would all be condemned to hell. Fortunately, God does not treat us as our sins deserve: To those who have trusted in Christ, he is compassionate and merciful—and he expects us to treat one another the same way. As Jesus taught, “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36; cf. Micah 6:8; Matt. 5:7; James 2:12-13).
[Kenneth Sande, The Peace Maker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Baker Books, 2004), pg. 92]