Forgiveness can be one of the hardest things to do when you are growing. When we try to forgive ourselves, it is a lot harder. This is because we set a higher standard for ourselves and as we grow, we realize what we have done was a mistake. However, everyone makes mistakes. So, why are some people able to forgive themselves much easier than others? For us, forgiveness has become easier because we know we are forgiven. God has forgiven us for every sin or mistake we have made. If God has forgiven us, why shouldn’t we forgive ourselves? No matter what you have been through, God’s word still applies to you. God forgives you. God cares about you. God loves you. Nothing ever changes that. As we forgive ourselves, it is important that we ask for God’s forgiveness. Through this, we will be able to forgive ourselves.
Bible Verses For Forgiving Yourself:
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.”
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Forgiving Your Enemy
What if we are forgiving an enemy? Someone has back-stabbed you, disrespected you, cheated on you, or something else; how would we forgive these people? Well, the same thing applies. God forgives them and God has asked us to be forgiving. Therefore, we should forgive our enemies. However, when we forgive our enemies it is important that we are careful moving forward. Just because we forgive someone doesn’t mean we put ourselves back in the same situation. It means that we are accepting what happened and letting it go. We are trusting God will take care of the issue and leaving it at that. When you are forgiving an enemy, remember if God will forgive them and He will also forgive you, why shouldn’t you forgive your enemy? Let’s work hard on this, as it is no easy task.
Bible Verses for Forgiving Enemies:
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
““You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? …”
Once again, forgiveness is difficult. Forgiving yourself can be incredibly hard. However, if God forgives us; why shouldn’t we forgive ourselves? Along with this, if God forgives our enemy; why shouldn’t we forgive our enemy too. As we work through this, keep praying over it. Ask that God rids you of all hate, anger, and anything else negative. Continue reading through His word and trust God for His guidance.
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