Today, I want you to listen on of my favorite verses in all the Bible.
I have found that the hardest person to forgive in my life isn’t you. It’s me. I hold my sins against longer than I hold yours against you.
Maybe it’s because I’m a preacher
Maybe it’s because of expectations.
Maybe I just expect better of myself.
Whatever reason, I have a tough time forgiving myself.
And that’s why the verse that I read today is one of my favorites, and one that I keep close to my heart at most all times
Listen to what it says in 1 John 3:19-20:
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
What does that mean? God knows our sin. He knows our mistakes. He knows our hurts. He knows our faults. He knows what we’ve done wrong, what we are doing wrong, and what will do wrong
Nothing happens in our lives that God is not aware of.
He knows your sin. Really. He is aware of your sin. He knows what you have done wrong, what you are hiding, what you don’t want anyone to be aware of.
And, if you have asked Him for forgiveness, He has forgiven you.
Listen. If you have asked God for forgiveness, He has forgiven you of your sin. You are forgiven
But, in our minds, it’s not that easy. God may forgive us. But, sometimes, in our lives, we are not able to forgive ourselves. We can’t let go, we can’t move on, we can’t forgive ourselves
Listen to this verse. When our hearts condemn us, God is great than our hearts.
God has forgiven you. He has. Your sins are as far as the east is from the west
You are forgiven
Today, forgive yourself. God doesn’t condemn you. He loves you. He forgives you
Listen to what CS Lewis says here
I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.
Today, God has forgiven you. Today. Forgive yourself.
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