Forgiveness is such a process, often a twisty and turny road that can lead us through lots of emotions but, ultimately – and hopefully, lands us somewhere in a peaceful land called Forgiveness. We commonly focus on the process of forgiving the other party…. the person who wronged us, shorted us, or hurt us in someway. We pray through not carrying hardness in our heart and trying to get to the point where we can maybe even stand a thought of the offending party without rolling our eyes =) Once we reach that point in the journey, we can often realize though that there is one last hurdle before we feel we can fully wipe the slate clean -
The part where we forgive ourselves.
There is nothing like the guilt and emotional weight of feeling like you are beyond forgiveness. You absolutely can not imagine ever moving on and leaving the unfortunate incident in the past and, often, it is often in the moments where we need the all inclusive forgiveness of the Father the most that we are most convinced that it is not ours for the taking. Maybe it’s the shame of the decision, the weight of the consequences, or simply that we knew better but, no matter the reason, forgiving yourself is truly the last mountain to climb as we journey to that peaceful land called Forgiveness.
Today, we challenge to you picture that “thing”, the “thing” that you have forgiven all others for but that you still carry around like a thirty pound weight, refusing to lay it down. Now, picture the look of total and complete forgiveness in the eyes of the One who made you and whose death on the cross covered ALL missteps. Know that the sacrifice made on Calvary was more than enough to cover all missteps – past, present, & future… You can truly never sin SO BIG that forgiveness isn’t yours for the taking. Breath in the forgiving heart of our Heavenly Father, who knew you before you were even formed in your mothers’ womb and whose love for you is fierce and true, and choose to forgive yourself once and for all. Lay that weight down and leave it where it belongs – in the hands of the Father who can handle it.
“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him…” Daniel 9:9
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