Forgive Your Way to Freedom
Reconcile Your Past and Reclaim Your Future
by Gil Mertz
Pub Date 03 Jul 2018
I am reviewing a copy of Forgive Your Way to Freedom through Moody Publishers and Netgalley:
Forgiveness is a universal concept, every religion encourages us to practice freedom. Forgiveness is the centerpiece of Christianity.
Forgiveness is not only about setting those who have done us wrong free but it also sets the one who is forgiving free.
Forgiveness holds power because when we Forgive we are most like Christ.
There are some common misconceptions about forgiveness one being that we do not have any issues with forgiveness. 2. Is that forgiveness only benefits the one who did us wrong when in reality forgiveness helps us 2. 3. Is that time heals all wounds when that is often not the case. 4. Is that we Forgive when they apologize , when that is not the case. 5. Is that forgiveness should be about justice when forgiving someone who has done something criminally wrong does not mean they won’t have consequences to their actions. 6. Is that we must forget in order to forgive when that’s not the case. 7. We learn to that forgiving someone does not mean condoning what they had done to us. 8. We learn to that forgiving someone does not mean we have to trust the person again. 9. We learn to that forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation. 10. Another myth is that forgiveness should be easy when it is often far from the truth.
This book goes on to remind us that if we want to imitate God, we need to embrace forgiveness and if we want to please God, we need to practice forgiveness. We are reminded too that we need to forgive others the way God forgives us.
Gil Mertz reminds us too that we need to count the cost of holding onto Unforgiveness. We are reminded too that when we Forgive we receive the greatest benefit.
We are reminded too of the importance of telling God where we hurt, what caused us pain.
We are reminded too that blaming others helps us rationalize the flawed belief that we are helpless victims to our circumstances. We are reminded to that forgiveness is about using our power while unforgiveness is about becoming a victim to someone else’s power. We are reminded too that Anger can serve us well when we apply it properly.
I give Forgive Your Way to Freedom five out of five stars!