By Message Staff
ALEXANDRIA (LBM) — Louis Husser believes forgiveness is fading as a spiritual discipline among Christians and that this is a reason so many relationship wounds have not healed among families and within congregations.
More importantly, Husser says, “forgiving is not an option.”
Husser, pastor of the Crossgate Baptist Church in Robert, has written “Forgiving Others” to pass along key lessons he has learned from 35 years of counseling experiences.
Moreover, he approaches the issue from the position that “the Bible is the greatest personal/spiritual literature ever written,” emphasizing the text from the Model Prayer that God forgives us if we forgive others, but He does not if we do not (Matthew 6:14-15).
Husser told the Baptist Message that he wrote the book from the perspective that every experience is a “learning experience.”
“I try to address how to learn and grow from verbal abuse, emotional neglect, abandonment, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, church ministry abuse and even the suicide of a loved one,” he said.
Each chapter includes a practical discussion from his experiences as a counselor, anchored in Scripture, and ends with a set of questions to elicit further thought.
Husser emphasizes in “Forgiving Others” the biblical point that “forgiving is an act of human will and not an act of human emotion” — something that is sometimes difficult to do because in some cases, someone has “altered our lives” so fundamentally, he writes.
That is when Christians need to realize we forgive because God forgives, he says.
We do not have to “create forgiveness for any horrible offense,” Husser writes. It is simply a matter of letting “Christ flow through us.” When He flows through us His provision for forgiving others will flow through us, too.
The message of the cross “is the only avenue there is for people to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Husser reminds readers. The message of the cross also strengthens us to forgive others and ourselves, healing even the deepest wounds.
Husser told the Baptist Message he already has received orders for “Forgiving Others” and offers that obtaining a copy is as simple as contacting him by phone, (985) 507-7988, or email, email@example.com, or by logging onto the website, www.trilogy.tv.
In 2018, Louis Husser helped lead an effort to defeat a state legislative proposal that would have allowed a riverboat casino to move to Tangipahoa Parish. The Louisiana Baptist Office of Public Policy honored him with the Shammah’s Courage Award for his part in this successful effort against the money and influence of the gambling industry and seemingly overwhelming odds.