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Some people are so ashamed of their actions that they can’t bring themselves to tell anyone their secret. The result is the worst kind of guilt that festers inside with no chance for relief. This is called unforgiveness of self.
Sometimes it is very difficult to forgive yourself for things you have done. It is the worst kind of unforgiveness. I believe it is easier to forgive someone else at times than it is to forgive ourselves. But we all need to find a way to forgive ourselves. The thing we must realize is that if God has forgiven us, then we are forgiven; and we must constantly remind ourselves of this truth.
Let the past be past:
Maybe you write down what you have done and, after you have done that and prayed, burn it or shred it. So many are so incredibly hard on themselves. It’s constantly living a cycle of disappointment for the things you have done. It seems endless. I’ve heard it referred to as the obnoxious roommate who takes away your self-esteem. It reminds you of the things you have said about yourself that are negative and wrong.
Allow yourself to be imperfect:
What we have to remember is that no one is perfect — we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We need to remind ourselves of what 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God is a good God and wants to help us, never harm us.
So, let’s kick out that obnoxious roommate of unforgiveness and replace him with one of peace and forgiveness.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 9:49 PM CDT
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