Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
- Colossians 3:13
I don’t know about you, but nine times out of ten I’m (kind of) quick to forgive others. But forgiving myself? That's a different story.
I tend to see the best in those around me and rarely see the best in myself. I think it can be so much easier to build others up with love, encouragement, and forgiveness while avoiding our own need for it.
I carry deep regrets, shame, and sin from past actions and relationships that I tend to sweep under the rug. When I carry these things around deep within my heart and avoid addressing them with forgiveness, they grow and affect my current circumstances. If I don’t let go of my regrets, shame, and sin they can quickly become my identity and change the way I view myself.
Sisters, we must remember that our identity doesn’t come from our mistakes, but from the One who loves us deeply and carefully crafted us into the beautiful women we are. Through Christ, He has already forgiven your sin.
The time you gossiped about a friend? Forgiven.
The mistakes you made in a relationship? Forgiven.
The season you let envy control your actions? Forgiven.
I urge you to look deep within your heart and throw away the rug you’ve been sweeping your mistakes and regrets under. Identify where you need to forgive yourself and do it! Pray over it, read Scripture that speaks truth about who you are, and talk to others. Walk into a season of forgiveness and I promise you won’t regret it.
You will feel freedom and experience a new love and identity for yourself. You are loved, sought after, adored, given a purpose, and forgiven.
1. Identify two places in your life you haven’t forgiven yourself. What are they?
2. How has avoiding forgiveness changed your identity and the way you view yourself?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your heart for me and Your constant forgiveness. I pray that together we can explore the depths of my heart and identify where I need to forgive myself and lift those burdens up. You have made me to be so much more than my past regrets, mistakes, shame, and sin. Guide me, Lord, and help me see myself as You see me. Thank You for this beautiful life and for walking by my side always. Amen.
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