Because we are sinners interfacing with other sinners, our relationships need forbearance. Where there is sin, there must be forbearance or there will be the demand of instantaneous judgment. If there is to be any relationship with a sinner, forbearance is undeniably necessary.
As sinners we cherish grace, and forbearance is a particular kind of grace. All grace is relational, but forbearance is that grace which overtly carries relationships through conflict. Forbearance graciously demonstrates that relationships matter more. When conflict enters to divide, forbearance ‘bears’ or carries the relationship along in the hope and faith of future restoration and peace.