For he remembered that they were but flesh, a breath that goes forth and does not return. — Psalm 78:39.
Our psalmist makes us feel pretty insignificant with the above verse. He/she does so in the context of God’s forgiveness, seemingly meaning that God’s forgiveness is given because we are only flesh and soon will pass away. I’m no psalmist but I beg to differ.
Forgiveness is important and necessary because we are all significant and our actions and words matter. Maybe in God’s grand scheme our foibles are insignificant, but in the human universe our actions matter. Even more reason to rise above the hurt and pain one can inflict and forgive. God forgave humanity when it murdered his own son, and I don’t think that was “a mere breath” in even God’s eyes.
We forgive because it matters.