Forgiveness. Not the easiest aspect of following Christ. Forgiving others is difficult when they have really hurt you. Sometimes it’s a daily thing of forgiving. Sometimes I have to choose daily to forgive someone, but allowing that person back into my trust usually doesn’t happen.
What is even harder than forgiving others I think though is forgiving yourself.
I guess it goes back to expecting perfection. The mentality of “if I’m not perfect then I’m not worthy.” To accept God’s grace you have to accept his forgiveness.
So if we don’t forgive ourselves are we also not accepting His grace?
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Again Eucharisteo. In this practice of giving thanks for each gift, each grace, no matter how small, I have found it easier to forgive myself. To accept forgiveness. To find the joy He gives. My one word for 2011. Only two months in and I could have never imagined how it would work in my heart and spirit.
Only when we forgive ourselves will we find the freedom to be the person God calls us to be and fulfill the purpose he has for our lives.