Faithful Friday: Forgive Her

13 December 2013


I've talked about forgiveness on this blog several times. Once here and once here. As hard as it was for me to get to the point of learning how to forgive easily there was one person that I still have a hard time forgiving. That person is me. I know I'm not alone, I think people are not only more critical of themselves but generally less forgiving of themselves.

While studying the bible with my small group a while ago. I found the answer to why forgiving others and showing them love was so hard for me. It was because I had a hard time forgiving myself for things that I had done wrong in my life. So because I didn't fully receive the forgiveness God has extended to me I could not give it to others.

Sometimes I would even beat myself up about things that I had already asked God for forgiveness for. Why was it that he could forgive me but I couldn't forgive myself? After all he is God and has more of a right to be disappointed than I did. But as I dug into scripture one day during quiet time I found Luke 7:47. Immediately my heart swelled with joy. If I wasn't sure through prayer that God had forgiven me it was written clearly in his word. I am forgiven, you are forgiven, we are forgiven - who said?! Our one and only King. Every time the enemy decides he wants to highlight a flaw in my past I recite this scripture to myself.

I don't know what may be on your heart today or what your past may be like. But remember if you've asked the Lord for forgiveness it has been given. There is no sin too great that God can't forgive. The is no indiscretion to secret that he doesn't know. His grace is sufficient to cover all that we've ever done or even thought about doing. So will you extend the grace that God has given to you? Will you forgive yourself?

Your Turn: Are you blessed with a forgiving nature? Do forgive yourself and others easily?

10 comments:

  1. Wow this post really touched me. I'm constantly beating myself for things I know God already forgave me.

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  2. Word. Currently working on this while reading "Unglued" by Lysa Terkeurst. Working past "the past" is hard.

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  3. I always have the worst time with forgiveness- with myself and also with others. I am a work in progress and I am always working on it!

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  4. So poignant! I also struggle with forgiving myself, but also at times holding grudges to others...work.in.progress. :)

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  5. Girl, this is SO important!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I just think if God who is GOD can forgive us for ALL that we do and NEVER remember it again, then surely we can forgive those who hurt us! Thanks for calling this out!!

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  6. thank you so much for sharing this! i have a hard time forgiving others & just recently have realized it's because i never forgive myself and accept the forgiveness that God has given me. :) it is hard, but totally worth it!

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  7. Man, I can so relate to this. I sense a little perfectionism in you, no? I know that is where my problem with forgiveness (first with myself and then with others) stems from. It is NOT something that comes very easy to me. I will beat myself up for days for making mistakes that aren't life or death. And when it comes to others who've hurt me, unless the person apologizes genuinely and in a way I approve of, it's gonna take a loooong time to forgive and I may never forget. That sounds so bad, but it's true. From now on, I'm going to flip the script and look at things the way you write about though...God has already forgiven, so just LET IT GO.

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  8. I feel like it's easier to extend grace for other people... but to forgive yourself for past mistakes is SO hard.

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  9. I too struggle with this. Great to know I'm not alone.

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  10. Ditto!!! Working on it. Thanks for this post xoox

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