Sometimes it’s a lot easier forgiving others than it is forgiving yourself. Perhaps we are so conscientious that the slightest slip-up leaves us wallowing in guilt, shame and self-condemnation. Or maybe we feel that the sin we’ve committed is so horrible that even God can’t forgive us.
The Bible is filled with many stories of great men and women who followed after God, yet they committed sin. There are three I would like to mention:
• In II Samuel 11:4, we are told that King David had an affair with Bathsheba.
• Fearing for his life, in Genesis 12:10-20, Abram lied to the Egyptians, claiming that Sarai was his sister.
• Then there was Moses who killed an Egyptian guard and buried him in the sand, according to Exodus 2:12.
The truth of the matter is, sin is serious and I in no way condone sin, but no matter what you’ve done, it is not beyond the forgiveness of God. With that being said, you must also forgive yourself.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” - 1 John 1:9.
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” - Romans 8:1.
The reality is, you cannot change what has happened, but you can learn from the mistake and not repeat it again. And anything past the point of learning is needless and excessive suffering. So let go of what you are holding against yourself.
It’s time to get a grip and stop blaming yourself for something that Christ has already paid the price. It’s then you can discover that your self-worth is much greater than you can imagine.
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org