FORGIVENESS IS SELF-BLESSING
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)
God’s daily dose of mercy is available to all, but only experienced when we receive it by faith. One way to resist and reject God’s mercy is to refuse to forgive ourselves.
Charles Stanley said, “A self-directed unforgiving spirit is just as detrimental and destructive as holding a grudge against someone else.”
Not forgiving our past sins when God has forgiven them puts us in a prison cell that limits our freedom to live a full and meaningful life.
Lee Strobel said, “Some (people) remain tortured by guilt, forgiven by the ultimate Judge but are seemingly forever condemned by their own one-person jury. Living under persistent personal indictment can eat away our confidence and erode our self-esteem. It can drain away our optimism and leave us with a profound sense of discouragement.” Let me hit you with some verses to show how God forgives us:
- Psalm 86:5 says of the Lord . . . “You are kind and forgiving, O Lord, abounding in love to all those who call to you.”
- Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
- Isaiah 55:7 says, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
When we do not forgive ourselves when God has forgiven us, we are placing doubt on what God’s Word has clearly said about us. Remember 1 John 1:9? Our job is to confess, His job is to forgive. Stop trying to do God’s job and receive from Him what Jesus has paid for on the cross and what we can enjoy as a free gift.
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Application of God’s Truth
Sometimes we find it easier to let others off the hook than we do letting ourselves off of the hook. Identify the one weighty sin that you have found hard to let go of and give it back to God.