by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Recently, a friend and I discussed how easy it is to acknowledge the truth Jesus forgives us, yet not forgive ourselves. We believe God forgives those who come to him in full repentance, turn from their sins and claim Jesus as Lord, yet we often don’t extend that forgiveness to ourselves. It’s as if we want to keep feeling lousy for our sins because we rationalize after all, we deserve it.
Reminds me of the Medieval monks and their excessive self-criticism and self-flogging. Also reminds me Satan is hard at work to get those of us who belong to Jesus to doubt who God is. Did God really say ALL your sins were forgiven? What about the time … ?
We know in our heart we’re forgiven. We’re no longer bound by the chains Satan wraps around us, yet we might feel, for possibly one brief instant, God couldn’t possible forgive us.
We have no problem believing God forgave someone with the absolute exact sin as ours, but forgive us?
Could it be we believe God’s grace can’t reach us?
Could it be we’ve allowed other’s opinions to define who we are, and we believe their lies we are unworthy, instead of believing God’s truth he loves us with an everlasting love?
Why can’t we just accept what God says about us and leave it at that?
Why do we keep holding onto things God’s told us he no longer remembers?
I don’t know. I don’t have answers. I just have questions. 🙂
My friend and I didn’t come up with any profound revelation on the matter. Just more questions.
That plus grateful thanks to Jesus for his willingness to be the Sacrificial Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world.
Jesus forgives us.
Yes. Jesus forgives us and loves us this we know. And aren’t we forever grateful?
Have you ever pondered such things?
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Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his love is eternal. Psalm 106:1 (GNT)
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