Forgive Your Way to Freedom
by Gil Mertz
Forgiveness is one of those rare subjects that affect every person, every relationship, every marriage, every family, every one of us.
Whenever I teach on forgiveness to any size crowd, I often start by asking two simple questions:
- Have you ever been hurt by someone you needed to forgive?
- Have you ever hurt someone and needed to seek his or her forgiveness?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, this book is for you.
When I refer to forgiveness, it’s not so much about forgiving the rude person who took your place in line at the store, the guy who cut you off on the freeway, or the inconsiderate couple who talked too loud at the theater while you were trying to watch a move. That’s more about extending common grace that we all need, because let’s be honest, sometimes that person is us.
But all of us have experienced some level of offense or personal violation that requires more than just common grace. Often these painful experiences are so personal, so hurtful, and so grievous that they tattoo themselves on our hearts and leave indelible scars on the soul.
Gil Mertz is Assistant to the President at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. He has been involved with full-time Christian service for nearly forty years and draws from a vast background of ministry with international missions, humanitarian causes, public policy and consulting. He is a former pastor and radio talk show host. His daily commentaries on forgiveness have been broadcast on more than 300 stations across America. Gil and his wife Patricia reside in southern California and have three children and three grandchildren.