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April 04, 2018:   

How can I forgive myself for what I’ve done?
#forgivingmyself #letitgo #ritamoritz
  Psalm 51:3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

We probably don’t dwell constantly on the things we’ve done wrong. It hurts too much to go there. However, let trouble come into our lives, and we start replaying every single thing we’ve ever said or done that we shouldn’t have. It becomes a litany of, “Why did I?” “If only I hadn’t” or even “It’s because of me that this has come into my life.” And we find ourselves battered by our own memories and asking ourselves, “How can I forgive myself for what I’ve done?”

Forgiving myself. What does that mean and what does it entail? When it comes to people you and I need to forgive, we may have a list as long as our arm. Most of us do. But are you on that list? Because you should be…both because you need forgiveness and because you must forgive yourself at some point if you’re going to live in peace and joy and victory.

I probably don’t need to convince you that you’ve made mistakes and wrong choices or even that you have sinned against God. You almost certainly have a list in your head of all the things you’ve done wrong. And frankly, if you and I don’t see ourselves as sinners needing forgiveness or broken people in need of healing, we’re lying to ourselves.

There are two parts to forgiving ourselves for the things we have done. The first is seeking God’s forgiveness, and that’s the easier one. 1 John 1:9 tells us if we’re willing to confess our sins, “God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It’s not complicated. We do or did something wrong, God convicts our heart, we confess it, and God forgives it.

The second part is forgiving ourselves. That part’s not as easy, is it? And yet it’s the foundation of your being willing to forgive anyone else. But you don’t know what I did…you don’t know who I hurt…you don’t know how awful it was. And you’re right. I don’t know the people you’ve hurt or what you did. But I do know what God did. He “laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). If God is willing to forgive us, why can’t we forgive ourselves?

When we’re looking back on decisions we made or the stupid, impulsive things we did, it helps to remind ourselves we didn’t have the tools then that we have today. We did the best we could with what we had at the time. We couldn’t give what we did not have. We’re wiser today, stronger, more capable and with more coping skills. We have more to give.

But what I did was unforgivable! Was it? Was it really? Picture your precious child, your best friend, or someone else…those people you love most in this world. Now imagine one or some of those people standing before you, broken and weeping, truly sorry for what they did, doing their best to keep it from happening again, and seeking your forgiveness.

Would you forgive them, or would you tell them what they had done was unforgivable? You know you wouldn’t be that harsh and cruel to someone you love. So, why won’t you apply that same kindness and love to your own mistakes? Can you try being gentle with yourself, knowing you did the best you could with what you had at the time?

Like King David, you may say, “my sin is ever before me.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Remembering what he did and the terrible price his sin cost him kept David from making the same mistake again.

He learned from his mistakes, and so should we. But remembering what we’ve done doesn’t mean we continue beating ourselves up for it. If you have sought the Lord’s forgiveness, maybe it’s time to forgive yourself and let it go.

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, stop beating ourselves up for things we’ve done that can’t be undone?


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