Let’s also choose to forgive ourselves!
Who knows ME better than ME? No one but God. He sees all, He knows all. The good, the bad and the ugly.
And yet, He loves us and offers us mercy and grace for every sin we’ve ever committed.
I have spent far too much time beating myself up over things in my past. Mistakes that I’ve made, sins that I’ve committed.
Here is God’s response to our sin: Jer 31:34 “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” NIV Once we have repented and turned from that sin, we are forgiven.
Sometimes it can be easier for me to forgive others than myself because I hold myself in higher scrutiny. I can get so disappointed in myself that it continues the cycle of pain that the initial sin caused.
God wants us free to forgive others and ourselves. If God chooses not to remember our sins any longer, why do we choose to keep bringing them back up? We won’t necessarily forget what we’ve done, but we can use those memories as a springboard of thankfulness that we are not in that place any longer. Thankful that the Lord has forgiven us and it is a new day!
Here is the same powerful verse we used in talking about forgiving others: Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. NIV
Throw off those weights of confessed and forgiven sin! Don’t let them entangle you one more day.
Repentance and turning away from sin is what God asks of us, not penance.
We have a race to run this year ladies, let’s get this baggage off and run it!
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