Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Forgive Yourself

"When guilt and condemnation tell you your sins are too big for God's forgiveness, remember what Paul said: "Jesus...came...to save sinners. I'm proof -- Public Sinner Number One...someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy...evidence of his endless patience." Before his conversion Paul persecuted the church, killing and torturing believers. It's how he made his living! And if he could learn to forgive himself, you can to! In fact, when you don't you're implying that your transgressions are beyond the scope of God's grace to forgive and Jesus' blood to cleanse. And that's a bigger sin - pride! Pride and a judgmental attitude feed off each other the way humility feeds off forgiveness. God said, "I am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake. And I will not remember your sins." (Isa 43:25) When you adopt a humble attitude and work on forgiving yourself the way God has, it is a lot easier to overlook other people's mistakes. Give it a try; you'll be amazed!"

("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008,pg. 31)

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