A focused, powerful message about forgiveness and its necessity in living a joy-filled Christian life.
“The greatest measuring rod of love in the life of a Christian may be forgiveness, because God showed His love to us in terms of forgiveness.” —John MacArthurDoes anyone really want to forgive? Or admit that we need forgiveness? Whether we’re giving or receiving, forgiveness is hard. It seems unfair. It feels unnatural. And as best-selling author and pastor John MacArthur demonstrates, forgiveness apart from Christ is unnatural. It is only as we understand our need, Christ’s power and example, and what it really means to love that we can embrace two of the most liberating acts of love: forgiving and being forgiven.
The Truth About Series For decades, MacArthur has encouraged countless Christians to develop a deeper understanding of the Bible and a greater respect for God’s truth. In The Truth About series, he now gathers his landmark teachings about core aspects of the Christian faith in one place. These powerful books are designed to give readers a focused experience that centers on God’s character and how it applies to their daily walk of faith.
My Take on the Book
Forgiveness is something that is not always an easy thing to do in any of our lives, and in this book the author does take a stand on his own beliefs about what forgiveness means and who really can only forgive all of us, God. The book, while short (only seven chapters) places a ton of information in those short chapters. The author is very straight-forward on his thoughts and beliefs and while they are strong to me, sometimes they came across as a bit hard handed. Also, the author really hits hard with his own opinions instead of letting the reader come up with the conclusions that he was trying to have you reach (which I believe is the mark of a strong writer). I have known many people who either need forgiveness or need to find forgiveness in their own heart for someone else, and many times these people are in a fragile state for quite some time. Reading a book like this may not be the exact words that they need to get through the time that they are going through. I will say that while this book is not for everyone, the author does a good job at laying out forgiveness for all to see. The author provides a practical approach to the topic and allows the reader to take what they can from the words and opinions that he shares.
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