Lively, collegial conversation and probing questions opened up opportunities for some really valuable exchanges of information and insights. Because so much of marital counseling involves bitterness and forgiveness, it would be especially helpful to go through the book with counselees. In his opening chapters, Brauns opens up both the complexity and the importance of the issue. Terry, I would agree that Christians should not harbor bitterness or resentment. Biblically, forgiveness is not fundamentally a feeling, though feelings are involved. This is a show where truth matters and God is still Sovereign. It¡s always an hour well spent.
Pages 48, 52, 127, 146, 195 contain false or misleading doctrine, particularly about salvation. This is a diligent work with heart. If there's a second edition, I'd like Brauns to take a look at some alternative handlings of his key passages. And this is the precisely the opposite of what the Bible does. I think this book is a needed tool in any Christian's library - both for ourselves and for the brothers and sisters we encounter Phenomenal book. Christians need to know what the Bible teaches and live it out, radically. A book to be read on your knees.
I'm sure you wouldn't suggest that we redefine forgiveness because the English and biblical usage does not address all the dimensions. Brauns lays careful gridlines that are ''dripping with Scripture,'' as he puts it, for working through complex and deeply painful situations. Chris Brauns answers these questions, plus countless more, in what I believe to be the new standard on the topic of forgiveness,. The truth is, pastors and counselors disagree profoundly on this subject. Paul, who stood nearby holding the garments of those who stoned Stephen, was later saved. All my life I was told to forgive, and now Chris Brauns tells me how.
A book to be read on your knees. The offer of forgiveness needs to present, but the actual forgiveness is conditional. First, Jesus teaches that there should be no limit to the forgiveness offered. Forgiveness remains a distant dream for many people precisely because they don''t know what it means, where to begin or what to expect. Chris Brauns takes a serious look at forgiveness is this book.
. He has studied and spoken extensively on the topic of forgiveness. See an error in the post? It absolutely hits where I am at the moment - and just in time for Christmas! Brauns is a good pedagogue. From the opening quiz you know his approach is different, and you will likely find your questions both asked and answered by this powerfully practical book. If you think carefully about this passage, you will see this is the case. Every Christian will profit from reading and applying this book.
We are created with a standard of justice written on our hearts p. Every Christian will profit from reading and applying this book. We are created with a standard of justice written on our hearts p. The irony though is that the guy wasn't looking for forgiveness but physical healing. Now Christopher Brauns has done a magnificent job in helping us understand the true nature of biblical forgiveness. Moreover, Brauns is not afraid to consider and examine how forgiveness and reconciliation works in the most difficult cases -- like rape, murder, child abuse, etc. Brauns writes from the standpoint of a faithful, wise, experienced, and caring pastor who has seen the heartbreak of an unforgiving spirit at work in the lives of people, but also the power of grace in the hearts of Christians who have learned to forgive and be forgiven.
But, I think that's where we are headed when we make an evaluation that the Bible doesn't cover all the nuances of the word 'forgiveness'. I cannot escape the bold and beautiful biblical truths within these pages. We know from elsewhere in Scripture that Jesus had authority to forgive sins. But I scanned it and think it looks like very worthwhile reading. The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God.
That is, it should not necessarily be instantaneous and unconditional, eradicating all horizontal consequences. He defines God's forgiveness as A commitment by the one true God to pardon graciously those who repent and believe so that they are reconciled to him, although this commitment does not eliminate all consequences p. I found the host and panel well-prepared to discuss the subject of the holiness of God. The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God. Christians should dream of how they can pursue peace even with their enemies.
And because of its gospel-centeredness, Unpacking Forgiveness provides the perspective needed to liberate you from past relational pains, present relational tensions, and future relational fears. This book goes beyond a feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness, balancing the beauty of God's grace and the necessity of forgiveness with the teaching that forgiveness must take place in a way that is consistent with justice. With humor at times and appropriate gravitas at others, Brauns leads the reader first to understand and then to apply what the Bible teaches on forgiveness. However, I am advocating that forgiveness in it's fully-rounded sense goes beyond just a two-party transaction. Unpacking Forgiveness not only challenges popular, therapeutic notions of forgiveness, but it also supplies practical, step-by-step instructions for those who aren''t sure how to begin.