Forgiveness Requires Repentance Book Review

Does true forgiveness require repentance? Embodying Forgiveness is a book that changed the game for me. It is a deeply scholarly and demanding reading. However, Jones turns our culture’s idea of forgiveness on its head with his academic treatise.

Embodying Forgiveness,
A Theological Analysis
by L. Gregory Jones

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Thank you to Tyler at The Ancient Bridge for this recommendation. I found the concepts and encouragement in this book life-changing.

Who knew repentance and forgiveness belong together!

Firstly, Jones begins with reminders, that as followers of Messiah, we are to daily die to our old self. We must live the promise of embodying a new life. The newness of life as we grow and mature will bring experience more abundantly.

Forgiveness Requires Repentance

We gain understanding that this new life should and does give a new perspective on sin, evil and of being betrayed. Victimizer or victim – we can bear to remember the past and have hope for a new future.

With great logic and love, Jones shows that biblical forgiveness is not primarily absolution from guilt. The purpose of forgiveness is the restoration of communion, the reconciliation of brokenness. (p.5)

He encourages all “people are called to embody that forgiveness by unlearning patterns of sin and struggling for reconciliation wherever there is brokenness”

Friedrich Bonhoeffer is quoted and discussed in great length. And, who better to learn about forgiveness and truth from? Bonhoeffer understood that forgiveness is a craft. One that has to be learned and become a part of ourselves, over time, as people follow whole-heartedly after God and with each other.

While Jone’s tome is no light read, it is well worth digging into and considering. As with any book, I don’t agree with every conclusion he draws or every path he goes down. However, this book has so much meat to chew on, it is a treat for the mind and soul.

meat not milk

Yes, forgiveness does require repentance, read the book before you reject this concept, please!

If you are looking for something deeper than cheap and meaningless grace, this is a meal of fine filet mignon.

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