This week I preached on the need for us to forgive people in the same way that God has forgiven us i.e. everybody for everything.
I did not talk however about the most important person that some of us need to forgive, and that is ourselves.
Far too many of us are dragging around the “baggage” of the things we have done or used to do, feeling guilt, shame and condemnation as a result.
Through the finished work of Jesus Christ we have complete, unconditional and absolute forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).
Because of the perfect work of Jesus God has chosen not to remember our sins and iniquities (Hebrews 10 v 17).
It is about time that we grant ourselves the same forgiveness that Father God has granted us.
In Christ there is no room for condemnation (Romans 8 v 1).
So there is therefore a need for self-forgiveness if we are feeling condemnation about anything in our past (or indeed our present).
This is not a licence to sin, in fact it is however a licence to be free from sin and from the effects of sin on our earthly lives.
Just as we must model the way we forgive others on how God has forgiven, we must model how we treat ourselves in that same way.
We must have the revelation of our complete, absolute and unconditional forgiveness from God and “give” that forgiveness to ourselves.
I am not saying you may not still feel sorry or regret, but you should not feel condemnation, guilt or shame.
John wrote that Jesus was the propitiation (or payment) for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2).
The “whole world” includes you!
Do not exclude yourself from the forgiveness that was made available through the shedding of the blood of Jesus; God has forgiven you, isn’t it about time that you forgave yourself?
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for the complete, absolute and unconditional forgiveness that this perfect work achieved”.
Romans 8 v 1…..There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit