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Forgiving Yourself. Why and How?
One of the most difficult Christian's for God to influence is the one who will not forgive themselves. They are the ones who grieve God the most. They remain intimidated by a past experience and enslaved to the post-experience of guilt. More often than not, the infectious parasite of guilt has done its damage and has left the Christian feeling woefully hopeless.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ demands that we beware of any enslaving thought that would provoke a continued indulgence of self-condemnation after one has repented of their sin (Romans 8:1).
For one To forgive themselves, they must bring every condemning and condescending thought into captivity to Christ Jesus and begin to think scripturally about the death of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 10:5). The only reason why God is justified to forgive sin is the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
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The death of Jesus Christ for our sins was necessary. For we cannot secure the blessing of salvation by virtue of our own righteousness. Either we receive the GIFT of salvation FREELY, or do without it. God's forgiveness is not hindered in the least for all who are in Christ Jesus (1 John 2:1,2).
No matter how you feel, no matter what accusations you may wrestle with from within or from without, Jesus Christ will never condemn those He purchased with His blood (period). With that being said, Christians must approach forgiving themselves scripturally, not emotionally.
Knowing the fact that Jesus Christ is our Savior and friend, will keep us from over-reacting to over-whelming thoughts of guilt. The world's answer to guilt, pressure and suffering is to look for someone to blame, develop a deep desire to escape, deny the problem, or fall into depression. These are not habits we can afford to live with. Outlandish odds will press against you.
No matter what is happening in your life, Christ is eager to forgive and restore. Know that there is certain entrance to a renewed fellowship with your heavenly Father. Your relationship to Christ makes forgiving yourself justifiable, achievable and beneficial.
Dr. Arthur Belanger