Are you like me and sometimes have a hard time forgiving yourself for mistakes you have made? It may be something that was said that we wish was unsaid; or not saying what should have been said; or doing something that caused pain; or not doing what we should have… the sins of commission and omission.
I remember a time when I had said something I wish I hadn’t. I went to the Lord in a spirit of repentance asking for His forgiveness. But, a week later, I still felt “condemnation” and went to Him asking for His forgiveness again…and again…and again. I was walking under a heavy cloud of condemnation that I couldn’t seem to shake.
After about a month of this torment, the Lord spoke:
“I forgave you the first time you asked…so why won’t you forgive yourself?”
Dearest one, are you walking under a cloud of condemnation – condemnation you have put upon yourself or condemnation that the enemy is tying to destroy you with? If you have gone to the Lord asking for His forgiveness, be assured that you have it!!
…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)
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)
Beloved! In the mighty Name of Jesus, YOU ARE FORGIVEN!
Now, forgive yourself and go forward in the love and strength of the Lord!
Do not neglect meeting together!
May we remember in this new year that we are ALL needed in God’s Kingdom! We ALL have a Gift to be used for the Glory of God! May we be committed to God and to one another!
May we attend our churches with a renewed awareness of our place in the Kingdom! May we attend with our souls on fire with passion for the King of kings and Lord of lords!! It’s a New Day! Embrace it!!
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV