“…As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Col. 3:13, ESV).
Here’s a question to ponder: Does the above verse have any caveats? Are there any allowed exceptions? How about, “…As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive… unless it is your own self that you are talking about… you don’t have to forgive yourself. You can stay angry and resentful at your own self for the rest of your life if that’s easier for you…”?
No? Well, how about this question: Is harboring unforgiveness towards yourself any less of a sin than harboring unforgiveness towards others?
No? Nope. Nope on both of these questions. Unforgiveness towards yourself grieves the Holy Spirit just as unforgiveness towards others grieves Him. I believe that today Daddy wants to speak to your heart about forgiving yourself… forgiving yourself just as the Lord has forgiven you.
Think about it. The highest Judge in the land, the Just Judge, has rendered a verdict. He has considered the evidence provided, the blood of the Lamb. And He has pronounced you, “Not Guilty… Forgiven!” Who are we – you and I – to contradict this decree? Are we greater than He?
If you asked for His forgiveness, dear one, then you received it. Your sin was blotted out forever. Therefore, if you keep harboring unforgiveness towards yourself, it’s like you are setting yourself up as a higher judge. Kinda a scary thought, isn’t it?
But, but… what if our emotions scream, “I can never forgive myself for that horrible thing that I did!”? What if the sin we committed feels unforgivable? Well, we simply cannot let our emotions be our leader. Jesus must be our Leader. He wouldn’t have commanded us to live a life of forgiveness if it were out of reach to obey. He is perfectly good, perfectly just. If He gives the command, He gives the power to fulfill it.
So today, if the enemy has tried to trick you into believing that you can’t forgive yourself, renounce that lie. Holy Spirit is lovingly holding out truth and freedom to you. Decide that you will align yourself with the verdict of the Just Judge. Don’t wait until you feel like it. That day may never come. Instead, today, make a faith choice to obey. Your feelings will follow your decision.
Declare out loud your agreement with His decree over you: “Thank You, Jesus, for forgiving me. Thank You for wooing me with Your love to repentance. I repent for harboring unforgiveness towards myself. Please forgive me for not forgiving myself. I embrace Your decision to forgive me. I align my heart and soul with Your verdict that I am forgiven, not guilty.”
Hey, one more thing. Remember how Jesus said we have to forgive seventy times seven? Yep, that applies here too! Get ready to make a lifestyle out of this…
Forgiveness is often a journey that takes a while. How is your forgiveness journey going?