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Forgiving Yourself?

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Christ, Failure, Forgiveness

Have you ever heard someone say with a somber tone: “I’m trying to move forward, but I just can’t seem to forgive myself”? As a pastor I hear this often as people recount their struggle to move on from a past mistake. They might readily acknowledge that others have forgiven them and that even God has forgiven them, but they just can’t seem to forgive themselves.

To those that struggle with this I ask this question: Do you believe that you hold a higher standard than God when it comes to forgiveness?

If the death and resurrection of Jesus has been applied to your life by you giving your life to Jesus and you’ve repented of your sin; then you are forgiven (1 John 1:9). End of story.

We’ve never had the right to decide what’s forgivable and what’s not for ourselves or others. That’s God’s department. 

We should feel Godly sorrow when we’ve disobeyed God, wounded others or just blown it big time. But, Godly sorrow is driven by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. We then embrace our mistake as truth, confess it, turn away from it with our lifestyle and move forward forgiven and grateful for the mercy and grace of God.

Your sin is not the exception to God’s grace. The cross made sure of that.

Nathan

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>The founding fathers of the United States stated that one of our unalienable rights is the “pursuit of happiness.” The dictionary definition of “happiness” is: good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy. I have never met anyone that didn’t desire to be “happy”. Our culture plays to this common desire by trying to sell things and services that will supposedly bring one “happiness”. Most people find real “happiness” elusive because they fall for this bait of “more things”. They get caught in the “pursuit” instead of making sure what they are seeking can really be attained.

Let me ask you these questions: What to you would be complete happiness? How are you currently pursuing this course? Is what you are desiring God-centered?

What are you currently chasing that God is asking you to let go of?

Bottom line: Don’t let your freedom to pursue happiness be the very thing that enslaves you.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added.” Matt. 6:33

Pursue Christ,

Nathan