Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Finding Forgiveness by Stanley D Gale

One of the most beautiful teachings of the gospel is that we have been forgiven by God through the finished work of Jesus Christ. Christians embrace this truth all over the world while, at times, we wonder why God would forgive rebellious creatures. The gospel also commands that we forgive those who have sinned against us, which at times, can be a little difficult depending on the offense.

Stanley D Gale has written a wonderful book on the theological aspect of the God's forgiveness and the forgiveness we should give others. The book is titled, Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel. In this book, we see the beauty of forgiveness mapped out in the gospel. The gospel is good news because of the forgiveness God has offered to mankind.

Gale writes about forgiveness being the currency of the kingdom. I was not sure what he meant until I kept reading. Basing this teaching for the book of Colossians, where it says, we must forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us (Col. 3:13). Next, we see Christ as the model of the Christian life in every aspect including forgiveness. We must practice forgiveness even when it is hard.

One chapter I appreciate Gale writing on is addressing whether we can forgive ourselves or not. Forgiving ourselves is found nowhere in the Bible yet it is taught in some churches which echoes what the culture says in this area. Gale reminds his readers we must be rooted in the gospel and God's love never leaves us.

This book is one of those that packs a punch of gospel truth despite it not being a big one. Gale writes with clarity and as one who has experienced the forgiveness of God, which all in Christ have done so. I am delighted to recommend Finding Forgiveness.

Thanks Reformation Heritage for letting me review this book.

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