Forgive Yourself

by Kim McDougal

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1 (NLT)

Have you done something you regretted?, or said something you wished you hadn’t? I’m sure we all have. While it’s very important to forgive others, it’s just as important to forgive yourself too. Christ said there is now NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, but what does this really mean? Well, when we are truly sorry for our actions and we ask God to forgive us and to help us to go on, HE does. Simple as that. He doesn’t condemn you like, “I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget!”, “You remember you did that two years ago?!….” He chooses to not remember your sin or mistake ever and He NEVER brings it back up and throws it in your face. Your job? You must do the same. Once God has forgiven you, now you forgive yourself. How? Choose just like God does.

If you want to live in peace and really be free, you and I MUST follow the examples of our Lord. With His Holy Spirit, care, kindness, presence, and power, we can do all things through Him even though within our own flesh we can’t. It is the Lord who gives us the power to live the way He wants us to. His words in the Bible are life to us. Remember this because, since we are imperfect beings, there will be times we fall short. When those times happen, we’ll know that God truly forgives and gives us the ability to truly forgive ourselves and go on. Today, if you’re feeling guilty or shame over anything you’ve done…tell God about it. Pour out your heart before Him and ask Him to help you use the power He’s already given you so that you forgive yourself. Don’t let your past mistakes eat you alive and keep you from living a full life. You can turn a new leaf starting today.

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