In life we all had made decisions that we have regretted. We all from time to time struggle with choices we made. The regrets we felt are very real, and so today your devotional will be on forgiving ourselves.
Let me ask you a question? Why are we so hard on ourselves when it comes to forgiving ourselves? We realize the mistake we made. But after a while our conscience gets to us and we begin to wonder did I really do what was right? Maybe I should go back and make things right. But our flesh and minds wrestles with us for the two are never in agreement. But finally, after a lot of pain and hurt we trust God and we go and make it right. We ask God to first forgive us for our sins then we ask God to help us to forgive that person or persons who hurt us.
And yet after all of that for some reason we still have those feelings that are still taunting at us? You ask yourself, why do I still feel hurt? The reason it is still there is because we have not forgiven ourselves. The moment you went to God and asked Him to forgive you He did. Now if you and I choose to not walk in that forgiveness then we have no one to blame but ourselves.
If you were locked in and someone came to open the door to let you out. You would not say, “leave me locked in here. No, you would walk out the open door. Well same thing applies to us when we do not forgive ourselves. We constantly see ourselves as being locked in with our pain.
When we do not walk in the forgiveness that God has given us, we will always wrestle with that pain and hurt. We end up losing sleep over it, we cannot think straight, we place blame on others. We find ourselves digging up old wounds. We make unhealthy choices. We begin to have trust issues. We think everyone is out to do us wrong.
So often we teach and preach forgiveness that we forget to tell people to forgive themselves in the process. Yes, forgiveness sets us free and delivers us, but we need to stop beating ourselves up when we make mistakes and errors. We are not perfect and not even hardly close to it, we want and desire to be a better person, let us start by loving ourselves too, so that we can move forward.
Satan loves it when we beat ourselves up. Did you know that he sits and laugh at us when we beat ourselves up? He loves to see us weak and feeling sorry and shameful. God says we are free, and we have liberty and justice.