April 5, 2013

Forgive Yourself

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- April 5, 2013

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

Have you forgiven yourself? Have you really forgiven yourself? We know we have forgiven ourselves if we are free from guilt and self-condemnation. Otherwise we are stuck in the crazy cycle of re-living bad decisions that are done and cannot be changed. It is impossible to continually guilt our conscience in order to make up for past mistakes.

When we do not release ourselves from previous indiscretions we try to make up for them by overcompensating in the present. Perhaps you neglected your child in their early years, and now as an older teenager you’ve tried to make up for your absence by enabling their poor decisions. Instead, they need to experience the consequences of bad behavior while they are with you, so they can learn and grow into responsible adults and citizens.

Jesus tells the story of a loving father who allowed his son to hit bottom, and as a consequence the son came to realize and take  responsibility for his reality: “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you (Luke 15:17-18).

Forgiving yourself begins by embracing the truth that your heavenly Father has forgiven you. The grace of God is in abundant supply; no one is beyond its reach. The Lord loves you unconditionally, and He forgives the objects of His love. Has the grace of God seeped deep into your soul, so you know in your heart and mind that you are set free from the guilt and shame of sin? If not, forgive yourself and trust the Lord to make up for lost time.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

When you forgive yourself, you are able to forgive others. Self-forgiveness is a key to unlocking real relationships. Authentic community with Christ and Christians comes from forgiveness from your heavenly Father, forgiveness from others, and forgiveness from yourself. What have you not released yourself from in forgiveness? Lay it at the altar of God’s grace and He will extinguish it with His eternal fire of forgiveness and love.

“This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:38-39). When you love yourself—you forgive yourself!

Prayer: How can I grow in my love and forgiveness of myself? How does God forgive me?

Related Readings: Psalm 130:3-5; 2 Corinthians 6:1; Colossians 1:14; 1 John 4:7-12

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  1. So TRUE to know, but at times in my flesh so HARD to grasp its FULL understanding, yet irregardless I know how imperative it is to implement!!!

  2. Bill Sinclair says:

    I have a difficult time with forgiving myself theory, because I can’t find that teaching in the bible and would be saying that my standard is higher then god’s who has forgiven me of all my sins. maybe I missed the verse.

  3. Myra says:

    I usually love this blog but this topic makes me crazy. The ONLY thing we have to do is accept God’s forgiveness. No where in the bible does it tell us to forgive ourselves. This is why people stay stuck…because they feel they have to DO something else. They just have to accept Gods grace and beautiful forgiveness then not listen to the lies of the enemy when he says there is more to it than that. We just have to walk in that truth and it sets us free.

  4. Deb Ives says:

    I use your devotional daily, however, I believe you are mistaken in this particular “self forgiveness” stance. Isn’t this is exactly why many, many people remain in their misery and at a distance from our Heavenly Father? They mistakenly think they are capable of forgiving themselves…it is impossible to forgive ouselves, as we are not God nor the Son of God, Jesus Christ. It is my understanding and belief that we should RECEIVE the love & forgiveness from God. It is a surrending of our will and selves to Him.
    Hebrews 9:22
    Amplified Bible (AMP)
    22 [In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.

    Colossians 1:14
    Amplified Bible (AMP)
    14 In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.

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