The Bible often talks about forgiving others but no where does it talk about forgiving ourselves.
"So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
I love Liz Curtis Higgs. She is such a grace filled woman of God and I love her books and teachings. She has such a heart for God. I recently read a post HERE about forgiveness on her blog, which really spoke to me and I thought I'd share about it here.
She starts with this:
"However noble it sounds, “Thou must forgiveth thyself” is
1) not in the Bible,
2) not something God asks us to do, and
3) not possible."
This is something I've struggled with understanding, as so many Christians talk about forgiving themselves. I find it a little bit confusing. Should I be forgiving myself when God has already forgiven me? Am I even capable of forgiving my own sins? When I read Liz's blog post on forgiveness it helped me understand the power of forgiveness which can only be given by God.
Liz says here:
"Only Jesus has the power to forgive sins. And his forgiveness is enough. Enough to cleanse us, heart and soul. Enough to set us free."
"Waste no energy on trying to forgive yourself, beloved. God’s grace is sufficient. God’s forgiveness is enough."
God's forgiveness is enough, His grace is sufficient.
I highly recommend you going to Liz's site and reading her whole post, where she shares the Biblical story of the paralyzed man who was lifted down from the roof of the house Jesus was speaking at. (Mark 2:1-12) A powerful story of God's forgiveness.
You can read the whole post here: Embrace Forgiveness
Help us not to be deceived by worldly catch phrases that may led us away from Your truth. Help us believe your words, your promises and trust in You alone. We can rest in You.
Thank-you for your graceful servant Liz Curtis Higgs. I've learnt so much from her, most of all that I can come to You no matter what, You love beyond our understanding. Bless Liz Lord and continue to bless others through her.
I love You...thank-you for forgiving me, thank-you that Your grace is sufficient and Your forgiveness is enough.