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10/24b Then comes Forgiving Yourself in Hearing God

phoneAccepting God’s forgiveness as a way of dealing with the past behaviour or any sin He convicts you about is one step closer to receiving Freedom.  However another pothole many people fall into is … forgiving themselves.

This step is connected to allowing God’s love and His grace into your Heart.  Of course your Head knows He forgives us but then, can we forgive the person who did the wrong -the person who was you.

Again, at the bottom of self-forgiveness is some of the same reasons why we have trouble accepting God’s forgiveness.  Self-judgement, feeling trapped into whatever behaviour led to the sin, not seeing a way out of the situation – all contribute to doing what we did.  However the biggest reason for not forgiving ourselves is pride.  That old song “I did it my way…” echoes through the human race again and again.

Finding peace often means “Ok I did it my way but that wasn’t the best way.  God’s way was – and still is – the best and I have sinned against Him and others.  Forgive me…and help me forgive myself.”  When you can get to that point of dealing with your self righteous pride, you are almost there.

Sometimes it helps to make this more practical.  See yourself – as you were when you did the wrong thing – sitting in a chair opposite you.  Say to that person “I forgive you.  I take my judgement off you.  I forgive you ….”  Keep doing this until something inside breaks down the wall around you Heart and self-forgiveness begins to happen.

Remind yourself that you have accepted God’s forgiveness and add accepting your own forgiveness.  If there is still a hardness of self-judgement there, ask the Lord “Why can’t I forgive myself?”  Again the answer might surprise you.  He paid the price in horrible, cruel beatings and finally death on the cross to set you free from the enemy’s condemnation and punishment.  Work with your Heart to get to the point you can accept and forgive…and release yourself into His hands.

That is the path to true freedom and growth in being a Jesus follower and Hearing God.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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