Excerpt from Chapter 8, Restoring Peace
Unlike most books about confession, Restoring Peace answers questions such as, “Who do I confess to?”
“When we insist we are right, we get awfully lonely. But when we admit we make mistakes and are flawed, we have lots of company. Admitting we are wrong confirms our honesty, our morality, and our strength, and allows us to reclaim our dignity. Confession helps us join the human race.”
“We can confess in any of four situations. Some people – often the case with Bridges To Life offenders – confess to law enforcement officials because they have violated a law and are accountable to the state and society. We confess to ourselves when we are intellectually honest about our faults and shortcomings. We confess to God when we acknowledge our sins and begin to restore relations with Him. We confess to another person as a way of telling her that we are strong enough to be accountable for our actions but also are a vulnerable human being who is willing to take the risks of laying out our shortcomings.”
“When we confess our mistakes to the state and fellow human beings, we begin to be a force for peace and reconciliation. When we acknowledge our shortcomings to ourselves, God, and man, we begin to be fully human and at peace with ourselves.”
“The Bridges To Life experience respects the importance of all four contexts for confession. Restoring Peace will take the same approach, and each is discussed in the sections that follow.”
Read more about Restoring Peace, the book used in the Bridges To Life curriculum.
Excerpts from the book include:
A discussion of the importance of repentance.
A discussion of the importance of forgiveness.
Seeing how reconciliation precedes restitution.
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