“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 KJV
Many of us have struggled with forgiveness: from forgiving others to even forgiving ourselves.
It can be a pretty difficult thing to achieve, however, this isn’t a battle we can face on our own. We tend to try to fix these things or hide them away, but our “fixes” will only last temporarily, and the “hidden” will be found.
Forgiveness isn’t something we as Christians can conquer as easily as we try to make it seem. We must reach the point where we can just say,
“God, take this. I can’t carry this burden any longer.” “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 NIV
Worrying about past mistakes won’t change your future. I, myself, have always struggled with a guilty conscience since I was a little girl. I would do something wrong, and I couldn’t stop asking for forgiveness from the person I had done wrong to. It would still be hours after the incident, and I would still feel horrible and struggled with forgiving myself with what I had done. Although, I couldn’t forget what I had done, the other person, on the other hand, had forgotten all about it. When we repent to God, He clears our slate, and forgets our sin. We must realize that God doesn’t hold our sins over our heads, waiting for us to mess up, just to say, “I knew you weren’t worthy.”
God isn’t like this at all! He WANTS to love and forgive you! Don’t hold him back!
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” Acts 3:19 NIV
To begin your journey of forgiveness, repent and ask for God’s guidance to keep you from going back to the same mistakes. Once you realize that God forgives you, and you can forgive yourself also, you will feel your walk with God becoming easier. Don’t let the past weigh you down or control your future. You are forgiven!
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