September 2015 Pathway Partner Message from Dr. Robert Jeffress

You mean a great deal to me, and to the ministry of Pathway to Victory. I am humbled and grateful to see God at work through your financial support and prayers, touching real lives with the transforming hope that comes from God’s Word.

I do not take your partnership lightly. The commitment I’m asking you to make is an important one. As a Pathway Partner, I am asking for you to pray for us on a regular basis — for our steadfast boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God.

God’s Word hasn’t changed; our culture has. His truth is needed today more than ever before. The TRUTH of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is man’s only hope for salvation.

Together, we are sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ — to Pierce the Darkness with the Light of God’s Word — and helping others become rooted more firmly in His Word. Along the way, I trust that you, too, are personally experiencing His transforming power as a result of our ministry together.

This month, I am sending you my book that deals with a topic we all struggle with: forgiveness. It’s called, When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense, and my hope is the words in this book will help you come to grips with — what I believe to be — bottom-line issue of life.

The Bible says our eternal destiny depends upon forgiveness.

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14-15).

And yet many Christians fall into the trap of treating forgiveness as optional — a really nice gesture if you can manage it, but no big deal if you can’t. And I’ll also be the first to admit: I’ve not yet mastered the art of eagerly implementing forgiveness in my life.

But forgiveness is the obligation of the forgiven. Even when it hurts. Even when the offense is totally and incomprehensibly evil. Even when it’s not deserved. Even when there is no remorse.

Why? Because the same evil that resides in the hearts of the people who hurt us resides in our hearts, too. And yet Christ came to die for us and to forgive us even though our offenses are totally and incomprehensibly evil in the eyes of a Holy God. He forgives even when we don’t deserve to be forgiven. Even before we could show remorse — “while we were yet sinners,” as it says in Romans 5:8.

Once you’ve experienced this kind of unconditional forgiveness, through God’s supernatural enabling, it becomes a little bit easier to share this forgiveness with others. But, as you well know, “easier” does not mean “effortless.”

So how do you do it? How do you forgive the unforgivable … release the bitterness … stop replaying the offense over and over again?

When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense will…

  • walk through what real forgiveness is, and what it isn’t.
  • explore those tough questions about bitterness and letting go … are “forgiveness” and “forgetting” synonymous?
  • go to God’s Word, our only source for direction and guidance, and uncover the practical how-tos of forgiveness — how to receive it and how to grant it to others, no strings attached.

The book also includes action steps for dealing with painful memories, by the power of Christ, once and for all … as well as a practical checklist to determine if you’ve genuinely forgiven another.

The end result is wonderful freedom — spiritual, emotional, and even physical — as you let go of your hurt, once and for all, and experience the overwhelming blessing that comes from forgiving … and being forgiven.