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Forgiving Yourself

Sure, we know we have to others but to yourself is a whole other issue. People can be cruel and hurt us; deeply hurt us. , much like love is a choice and not an emotion. 

There are certain s that are easy to and others that are not so easy. No matter how little or big the , it is our responsibility to . forgave us our sins and commanded us to those who sin against us:

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. , and you will be n. Give, and it will be given to you.’” Luke 6:36-38a.

Sometimes, once we are able to the one who hurt us we still feel as though we do not deserve ourselves. God does not condemn us so we should not condemn ourselves (John 3:17). We feel shame, embarrassment, and sometimes humiliation towards ourselves and wonder why we allowed this to happen to us. A lot of times this internal dialogue is hidden behind a mask of un towards ourselves.

This un can devour us and take the life from our soul. We must realize our worth in Christ and know that he has n us and loves us. May we be encouraged by the words of Zophar found in Job 11:13-16.

“Yet if you devote your heart to him
    and stretch out your hands to him,
if you put away the sin that is in your hand
    and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;
    you will stand firm and without fear.
You will surely forget your trouble,
    recalling it only as waters gone by.

When we commit our sins to and choose to not hold them captive in our hearts then we will stand firm and not have fear!

We find ’ interaction with a woman caught in adultery recorded in John 8:3-11. This woman found herself humiliated standing in front of a crowd of respected community leaders with fingers pointed and whispers being told in her midst. Yet, took the time to deviate from his teaching in the temple to stand up for her and show her she was worthy of love and .

In the same way, stands up for you when you make mistakes and seek his . The Lover of your soul and Creator of the world will you of your sins because he finds worth in you and loves you. We must ourselves because we are worth it!

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