This week I’ve had to face the fact that certain things in my life are the way they are because of decisions that I’ve made, both good and bad. So I’ve really been struggling with forgiving myself. Now I have a clear understanding that when I sincerely repent, God instantly forgives me, but forgiving India has proven to be a bit more difficult.
This morning I was laying in my bed and of course this was on my mind, so the Lord led me to a specific message in my book, “I’m T.O.U.G.H.” (Yes, I actually read my own book and yes it still ministers to me.) The message is called “Just Forget About It”, and I want to share it with you and I pray that it does for you what it has done for me! Apart of being T.O.U.G.H. is accepting your mistakes, taking full responsibility, and truly embracing the forgiving power of God. Just like I’m T.O.U.G.H. ENOUGH to make it through this, so are you! So here it goes!!!
Just Forget About It
Micah 7:18-20 (NLT) Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of His special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.
Have you ever wronged someone and then asked for forgiveness? And that person is compassionate and forgives you, but you have a hard time forgiving yourself. One of the hardest things to do is to forgive yourself when you’ve wronged someone. Occasionally I find this to be exceptionally true when it comes to my relationship with Christ. Because I reverence Him in the manner in which I do, it is hard to move forward after I have intentionally or unintentionally grieved Him. However, the scripture reminds us that when we repent, not only does He forgive us, but he throws our sins into the sea of forgetfulness. We can’t even make God remember. His love for us keeps no record of our wrongs. So why is it that God can forgive us, but we have such a hard time forgiving ourselves and moving on? It is the enemy’s desire to hold you hostage to your past mistakes, slip ups, and bad decisions. He desires nothing more than for you to get stuck in a place of regret and never move forward in Christ. This is why we are reminded in Romans 8:1, “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” The scripture then says that because we belong to Him, His Spirit had freed us from the power of sin. This means that once we repent, sin has no choice but to loose its constraining grip over our lives. Now all we have to do is forgive ourselves. Today I encourage you to let go of past shortcomings. God has forgiven you and He doesn’t even think about it, so stop trying to make Him recall. Let our prayer be, “God thank You for Your forgiving power that You offer me. Now help me to let go of my past and forgive myself. I want to operate in the liberty wherein You have given me through Jesus Christ.”