STANLEY D. GALE
Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel
If you are a Christian, you have personally experienced the joy of sins forgiven and reconciliation with God. Forgiveness, writes Stanley Gale, “is a divine accomplishment to be savored and offered to others.” Forgiveness is the most basic of Christian graces, yet the topic raises many questions, including these:
- Is it biblical to “forgive and forget”?
- Why do we need to confess our sins if they are already forgiven?
- How do we actually go about forgiving someone?
- Does the Bible give a place to forgiving ourselves?
- What does life look like after forgiveness?
In Finding Forgiveness, you will discover practical answers to these questions and many others. With pastoral warmth, the author will help you see how the awe of the gospel dawns anew for those who apply forgiveness and experience the healing of a burdened spirit or broken relationship.
Table of Contents:
1. Forgiveness and the Gospel
2. Forgiveness as Kingdom Currency
3. Practicing Forgiveness
4. Authentic Forgiveness
What About Forgiving Ourselves?
Stanley D. Gale (MEd, MDiv, DMin) has served Christ and congregation as a pastor for thirty years. He has authored books on prayer, spiritual warfare, the Christian life, evangelism, and biblical worldview (Ecclesiastes). His ministry website is www.CHOPministry.net.
“Stan Gale’s Finding Forgiveness is beautifully written, eminently practical, richly biblical, and emotionally uplifting. It provides godly guidance and spiritual nurture for weary pastors, hurting believers, caring counselors, and troubled counselees. Here you’ll find grace in your struggle to forgive and be forgiven.” — Peter Lillback, president and professor of historical theology and church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“Forgiveness is both a theological and a personal issue. We all have a sense of what it means to be forgiven and to forgive. But do we truly understand it? Finding forgiveness is an eternal matter! Stan Gale answers all those nagging, ‘yeah, but’ questions that are on so many minds when it comes to forgiveness. In doing so, he teaches a biblically rich understanding of forgiveness with pastoral care. This little book will prove to be time well spent for every reader.” — Aimee Byrd, author of Theological Fitness and No Little Women
“Stan Gale writes, ‘The greater we see the debt of our sin forgiven, the greater will be our debt of gratitude and love to Him who lavished such grace upon us.’ Here is the essence of forgiveness, a transaction of love involving three parties—God the forgiver, and two sinners, each in need of forgiveness at some level. With his wonted clarity, whimsy, and biblical and theological breadth and depth, Stan leads us into an area of Christian life which is for many believers not familiar terrain. We talk a good talk about forgiveness, but the practice of it is often lacking or even misguided. Stan’s book can help us to ‘cash in’ on the riches of Christ’s forgiveness and learn to live it meaningfully and joyfully in community together. This is not a sentimental book; Stan writes, ‘Forgiveness takes work,’ and he means for us to get busy about the hard work of forgiving others by basking in the Lord’s forgiveness of ourselves. His final chapter addresses the question of forgiving ourselves—whether we need to or should. His answer points us back to Jesus and the forgiveness we have in Him. Discussion questions guide us into the meat of each chapter and, from there, into the day-to-day work of spending the kingdom currency of forgiveness in love for one another. Read this book, and let its clear and needed message bring new joy and love into your walk with and work for the Lord.” — T. M. Moore, The Fellowship of Ailbe, www.ailbe.org