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The Transforming Power of Forgiveness

by Philip Nunn

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  • ISBN-10: 0-901860-91-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-91-0
  • Price: £6.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publication date: 1 January 2012
  • Author: Philip Nunn
  • Edition: 1st
  • Series: Understanding Christianity
  • Height: 216 mm
  • Pages: 90 pages
  • Illustrations: 4 black & white line drawings
  • BIC Subject heading: HRCV; HRCS
  • Place of publication: Crewe, England
  • Publisher: Scripture Truth Publications
  • Distributor: Lightning Source

Short description

"One of the greatest problems among Christians today is bitterness and lack of forgiveness. It spreads like a poison in our communities." This book explores forgiveness from a Biblical perspective. Part One takes a practical approach to the subject, while Part Two explores its doctrinal basis.

Long description

Philip Nunn served the Lord as a missionary and Bible teacher for fifteen years in Colombia, South America. During this period he was regularly engaged with the important topic of forgiveness. While counselling men and women he observed lives being changed as they chose to obey the Lord Jesus and forgive. Now back in Europe, he continues to help Christians forgive those who have hurt them, and so remove the hindrances to their spiritual growth.

In this book, the author explores forgiveness from a Biblical perspective. In doing so, he corrects a number of common misunderstandings that hinder authentic forgiveness. He wants his readers not only to receive God's great gift of forgiveness but also to forgive those who have sinned against them. He carefully leads his readers step by step away from the chains of bondage to experience the wonderful freedom which Christ has purchased for them. There is a transforming power in forgiveness!

"One of the greatest problems among Christians today is bitterness and lack of forgiveness. It spreads like a poison in our communities."

Publisher's comments

The first book STP has published by this author.

Extract: "About this book"

Forgiveness is an important theme in Scripture. When I was somewhat younger, I would teach and preach about forgiveness. I would show from Scripture that as Christians we should forgive those who sin against us. Brothers and sisters would agree with me, thank me for the 'good message' but then nothing much would happen. The grudges and the bitterness would remain under the surface. The act of forgiveness would not take place.

In counselling situations during my last years in Colombia, I experienced great joy in leading believers step by step to forgive unfaithful husbands, controlling mothers, irresponsible fathers, acts of aggression, rape, theft and religious manipulation. I am really enthusiastic about this theme of forgiveness because it is Biblical and I have seen firsthand its transforming power.

After working with my wife in Colombia as Christian missionaries for 15 years, we returned to Europe. Here I continue to teach and encourage forgiveness. But unlike in Colombia, where my audience were mainly first and second generation Christians, here most of my listeners came from families who have been Christian for many generations. I was surprised to discover that many of these Christians find it much more difficult to forgive. They agree in principle that forgiveness is necessary, but have developed many 'doctrinal' and 'logical' arguments to postpone forgiveness. This book is my response. In it you will find not only Biblical answers and explanations, but also a strong motivation to act now - namely, to forgive!

This book is made up of two parts. You will notice a difference in style between these two parts, the first being more conversational. Part One is based on the recordings of two seminars given at Reconvillier (Switzerland) in June 2008. Here, forgiveness is presented from a Christian pastoral perspective. It explores why forgiveness is necessary and states that forgiveness must always be given freely as an act of grace. No-one deserves to be forgiven. After correcting some misunderstandings that hinder the act of forgiveness it moves on to explain and motivate "forgiveness from the heart". At the end of Part One you will be encouraged to put into practice this Biblical teaching and forgive from your heart anyone who has hurt you.

Our heavenly Father always forgives repentant sinners. Should Christian victims only forgive their offenders if they repent? When humans forgive are they doing the same thing as when God forgives? Could it be that the Bible uses the word 'forgive' to describe related but different activities? These and other questions are explored in Part Two. You don't have to understand all the Biblical teaching about forgiveness before you can forgive. Like salvation, even children can enjoy the peace and freedom that come through simple obedience.

If you are searching for a Biblical understanding of forgiveness or are involved in Bible teaching, Christian counselling or have a heart to help others experience the transforming power of forgiveness, you will find in Part Two a collection of challenging and useful ideas.

Table of Contents

About this book
Foreword – Glass in your arm!

Part One: Heart forgiveness sets you free
What is forgiveness?
It is time to forgive!
A time to ask for forgiveness
What happens if we do not forgive?
The Biblical basis for forgiveness
Reasons to postpone forgiving
Forgiveness, justice or revenge
Misunderstandings about forgiveness
Forgiveness and bitterness
When a believer cannot forgive
What is involved in forgiving?
People who did not forgive
Mephibosheth; Jephthah; Samson
People who did forgive
A Jewish young lady; Joseph
Steps to freedom
First prayer; Second prayer

Part Two: When should I forgive?
Choosing the right time to forgive
Possible difficulties
A word can mean different things
The Bible’s use of the word "forgiveness"
1. aphiemi; 2. apoluo; 3. aphesis; 4. charizomai
Different types of forgiveness
1. Legal Forgiveness
How to receive God's Legal Forgiveness
2. Fatherly Forgiveness
God's forgiveness is a model for our forgiveness
Different relationships that need to be restored
3. Church Forgiveness
4. Governmental Forgiveness
5. Heart Forgiveness
Heart Forgiveness, before the offender repents?; What next?
6. Relational Forgiveness
Saying "I forgive you"
When not to hold back Church and Relational Forgiveness
Reconciliation
A growing celebration
Reconciliation, forgiveness and justice
7. Self-Forgiveness
Summary table
Conclusion

Author biography

Philip Nunn served the Lord as a missionary and Bible teacher for fifteen years in Colombia, South America. During this period he was regularly engaged with the important topic of forgiveness. While counselling men and women he observed lives being changed as they chose to obey the Lord Jesus and forgive. Now back in Europe, he continues to help Christians forgive those who have hurt them, and so remove the hindrances to their spiritual growth.

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