Excerpt from Chapter 9, Restoring Peace

The Restoring Peace book answers questions such as “What is repentance?” and “How about forgiveness without repentance?”

“Repenting, like confession, admits you to the imperfect, fallible human race. Confession and repentance are acknowledgments of your own humanity and your need to change. Acknowledging one’s humanity and fallibility enlarges one’s capacity to love and provides a special understanding that makes forgiveness and reconciliation possible. Reasonable people can disagree about which comes first – confession or repentance. It probably doesn’t matter. Confession involves acknowledging to yourself and others your need to change, and repenting is changing, whether or not the change is specifically communicated to others. Both free you from guilt and shame, foster personal happiness and emotional growth, and propel you forward on the journey toward becoming more Christ-like. Honest, sincere repentance enables other people to have confidence that you are a different person who will behave differently in the future.”


Read more about Restoring Peace, the book used in the Bridges to Life curriculum.

Excerpts from the book include:

Seeing confession as the first step toward restitution.

A discussion of the importance of repentance.

A discussion of the importance of forgiveness.

Seeing how reconciliation precedes restitution.

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