Episode 10: A Biblical Understanding of Forgiveness (with Josh Gerber)

by | Dec 5, 2023

We are so excited to have Josh Gerber back with us to continue our conversation on mediation and peacemaking. In case you missed it, don’t forget to go back and listen to Episode 9.

Josh is not only the Associate Pastor of Care and Discipleship at New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw, IL, but he is an expert in both biblical soul care and reconciliation.

In this episode, Josh talks more about the process of preparing for mediation, how forgiveness is at the heart of Christianity, and much more.

Thank you for listening in!


Key Takeaways

  1. Prepare for mediation by identifying the “logs.” The prep work for mediation begins by prompting your participants to take a long look at themselves. We each need to own up to the “logs” in our eyes. We are all sinners and need to address our part in the conflict.
  2. Forgiveness is at the heart of following Jesus. Christ gave us the ultimate example of forgiveness. It is only because we have been forgiven that we are able to forgive others.
  3. Forgiveness can be conditional and unconditional. There are actually two kinds of forgiveness. Unconditional forgiveness releases someone from a debt without their repentance. This form of forgiveness helps rid our hearts of bitterness. The second is conditional forgiveness. This comes after a person truly repents and asks for forgiveness.


Meet Josh

Josh Gerber is the Associate Pastor of Care and Discipleship at New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw, IL. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a Doctor of Educational Ministry student in Biblical Counseling, and has ACBC certification. Josh lives in Tremont with his wife, Kelli, and their four children.

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