Perhaps the Psalm painting the clearest imagery of forgiveness is Psalm 32. Grab your Bible and read the entire Psalm. Verse 1 begins, "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." In verse 7 the Psalmist David beautifully weaves the Refuge with forgiveness, "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance."
Although the topic of forgiveness is often referred to, it is rarely understood and practiced in the manner it is intended by God to transform people's lives. Many misunderstandings have stifled and robbed our ability to find refuge in forgiveness. My hope is that some of these misdirected beliefs can be cleared up through a new book I have authored called Escaping the Pain of Offense: Empowered to Forgive from the Heart. The back cover will read:
Offended? Learn how to stay free!
Escaping the Pain of Offense reveals how forgiveness and reconciliation are linked to a person’s spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health. This insightful book combines Bible knowledge with the findings of experts in the counseling field and provides solutions that can change lives. It leads us through a process of removing blocks and becoming free of entrapment to a cycle of offense. Conflicts are resolved by positively impacting core beliefs about God, self and others. Hersh shows us how to surrender to a loving, personal God as our ultimate authority and judge.
Through Escaping the Pain of Offense, you will be equipped to:
· Discover and break active cycles of nagging discouragement, frustration, or anxiety
· Discern truth from fallacy about forgiveness
· Find rest and peace in the inner being
· Resolve conflict to enable harmonious relationships
Stay tuned for more information about how to understand and practice forgiveness. The book will be available within weeks and I hope you can obtain a copy. Although I thoroughly researched and authored a book on this topic, I consider myself forever a learner, and look forward to unceasingly fresh revelation in the Refuge of forgiveness.