Are you still carrying the burden of shame, guilt, and condemnation from your past? In your mind are you replaying the foolishness of your prior decisions? If this is you, then it is time to surrender and move towards forgiveness.
If you don’t learn how to forget former sins, you will always live in the past. Bitterness and guilt will continue to grow within you.
When you look in the mirror, do you love and accept the person that Christ made you to be, or do you see a broken person in need of forgiveness?
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
If you have repented of your sins, then you are forgiven. Take a minute and let that sink in. Realize the power of the work of the cross and the shed blood of Jesus. Your debt has been paid. God is able to forgive you, even when you can’t forgive yourself.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Don’t associate your failures with the new creation you have become. Your past does not define you, but it contributes to who you are today. Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. Realize you did the best you could at the time considering the circumstances.
God knows your name, and He calls you His own. Here are just a few of the names He has given you:
- Chosen (Colossians 3:12)
- Child (1 John 3:1)
- Beloved (Deuteronomy 33:12)
- Holy & Blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
- Friend ( John 15:15)
- Daughter (2 Corinthians 6:18)
- Heir (Romans 8:17)
- Blessed (Psalm 65:4)
- Redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
- Treasured Possession (Deuteronomy 7:6)
Give yourself grace and move towards loving yourself. Begin to see how your Lord and Savior sees you!
Thank you, Lord, for your precious shed blood that has paid for my sins. I am so grateful for your forgiveness and love towards me.
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