Guilt: Helping God's People Find Healing and Forgiveness   -     By: Leroy Howe
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Guilt: Helping God's People Find Healing and Forgiveness

Abingdon Press / 2004 / Paperback

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Part of a pastor's role is to help parishioners heal guilt and find acceptance and forgiveness from God. The author speaks to the problems associated with this aspect of their duties. "How do I avoid being judgmental?", "How do I help someone find forgiveness without diminishing their accountability?", and "How can I offer forgiveness without denying the seriousness of what was done?" are the main focus questions in this book.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 068702594X
ISBN-13: 9780687025947
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While guilt as a gift of God can prod persons in the direction of repentance and forgiveness, guilt can also cripple and maim persons. As pastors see it, part of their role is to help heal guilt with the grace of God's acceptance and forgiveness. But healing guilt involves more than waving one's hands over a person and saying magic words like, "Remember, God loves you." While God is quick to forgive, other people aren't. The process of healing guilt with the salve of forgiveness can be a long and torturous journey.

Pastors face three problems related to healing guilt. First, how do you as pastor avoid judgmentalism? How do you help parishioners grasp what Howe calls the transcendent character of guilt that takes the guilty seriously, and yet not inflict more harm by rejecting the person? Second, how do you avoid offering cheap grace? That is, how do you help individuals discover forgiveness in a way that does not diminish the consequences of their actions or their accountability for them? Third, how do you avoid being perceived as a doormat who invites more of the same injurious behavior, when offering forgiveness? How do you help people offer forgiveness in such a way that does not deny the seriousness of what was done or denying future consequences if done again?

Author Bio

2002 Leroy Howe (PhD Yale) is a United Methodist pastor and retired Professor of Pastoral Theology at Perkins School of Theology. He has published over 175 articles and reviews and authored many books. His recent books explore the role in laity in training for ministry; he has been active in training Stephen ministers. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

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