He Forgave You– Now Forgive Yourself Too.

“If only I hadn’t… I wish I didn’t… Why can’t I go back… It’s all my fault.”

Regrets. Mistakes. We all have ’em. We’ve all made ’em.

So what are we supposed to do?

This week,  we have been working through reasons why our hearts can be blocked and how we grow apart from Christ. (Click to read the original post here.) Yesterday was all about forgiving others… a hard but necessary topic.

Today we touch on a subject that I feel is sometimes overlooked in our Christian world. Forgiving ourselves.

Our hearts are really complicated. When you add our brains and flesh to our heart mixture, things can get super confusing… And kinda messy. Fortunately, God can clear things up for us.

See, here’s the deal. God forgives us WAY more than we deserve it. Yes, we screw up. Yes, we repent and apologize to Him. Then He forgives us… And thanks to our human nature, that cycle repeats. (And thanks to God’s love, He continues to forgive us. WHEW.)

We can get stuck when we refuse to let it go  and let God do His thang. When we hang onto our past sins, hurts, regrets and don’t allow God to take them… It is like we are saying that The Cross was not enough.

Let me say it again… When we hang onto our junk (blockages), we are essentially saying “Thanks so much for sending your beloved Son to die on The Cross, God… but that’s not quite good enough for me. I need something more.”

Uh. Yikes? I think a mindset like that might be offensive to The Big Man! I sure wouldn’t be happy if I made the biggest sacrifice of my entire existence and somebody said it wasn’t “good enough” for them. Sheesh.

So what do we do? We need to get over ourselves. Seriously. (Yeah, I said it.) Yes, we are God’s loving creation, but we aren’t better than The Cross. And we don’t have the power to mess up more than Jesus’ sacrifice can cover.  We must GENUINELY believe with our heart, soul, mind and strength that The Cross WAS enough. God made a promise to us through His Son. The action of Jesus’ death on the cross FORGAVE us of ALL of our transgressions. Not just the little ones. Not the easy or simple ones.

ALL. OF. THEM. Every last lousy sin, from stealing a pack a gum, to hurting someone else to… well, you get the picture. After all– a sin is a sin is a sin. (But that’s another blog post 🙂 )

So today’s challenge for unblocking your heart is to FORGIVE yourself of any past hurts or hang ups. If you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior* then YOU. ARE. FORGIVEN.

Period. The End. IT IS FINISHED. (Does that sound familiar?)

Do you struggle with forgiving yourself? Have you forgiven yourself in the past? What did you experience? Please comment here… I would love to pray and/or rejoice with you!

Let God do the work. Give Him your hurts and regrets. He loves you more than you can imagine. Let it go and let God do His thang, covering you with mercy, grace and forgiveness.

He has got it covered. The Cross did that for us. He Forgave you– Now go ahead and forgive yourself too.

Thankful for forgiveness,

“…If we admit our sins…he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.” 1 John 1:9 (MSG)

Forgive Yourself

(*If you haven’t accepted Christ and aren’t sure what  all that involves,  shoot me an email via sharita{dot} knobloch{at} gmail{dot} com. I would love to talk with you about it.)

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17 thoughts on “He Forgave You– Now Forgive Yourself Too.

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  2. Kathy LaCross

    Another awesome post!!! Thanks for always starting my day off with thought provoking inspiring words of wisdom.
    Ps enjoy your time with your mom 🙂

  3. Sara Hansen

    Thank you for another inspiring post!! I think what I love most about your blog is that it’s not “preachy” and can/does apply to any and all faiths, religions, etc. I believe your blog can help those who are pretty certain in their faith but need or want to examine it more thoughtfully, and those who have no idea what they believe. Thank you!!

    • Thank you Sara. I personally don’t like to be “preached” at (unless I’m in church- and then I like to be challenged, not condemned!) I pray that everyone who reads this post will understand the blessing and magnitude of what Jesus Christ did for us when He came to earth, died on that cross and rose again!

  4. Forgiving ourselves is so important and yet something that so many struggle with. Thank you for this post!

    • Amen, Alida. I struggle with it too– maybe I wrote this post as a reminder to myself as well 🙂

  5. Gaby

    Sharita, thank you for stopping by my blog. I find that forgiveness of oneself is one of the hardest things for Christians to accept, especially for those of us who came into the faith after having “lived” a bit in the world, if you know what I mean. Or when we make monumental mistakes after having met Christ. The Bible tells us He remembers our sins no more, yet we insist on reminding him of them. Why is that?!!

    • Great words, Gaby– we are so hard on ourselves– it just gets out of hand sometimes. We really do have to let go and let God do his thang!

  6. This is exactly what I needed to hear tonight. Thank you (and Jesus) for your perfect timing of words. I hope your mom made it safely and that she gave you the hug I sent. It was filled with happiness and excitement and sympathy and missingyouness…mostly missingyouness. See you this summer.

    • She did make it and I have felt all of those feelings– can’t wait to see you my friend. Love you lots.

  7. dukeslee

    Instructions for readers of this post: Read closely. Pray. Repeat. Read closely. Pray. Repeat. Daily, if necessary.

    Powerful truths shared here. I thank you for this gift.

    • You are so incredibly welcome– and I love the “instructions” for this… A great reminder for me too!!

  8. Joan

    Great post! Yes the cross has all our sins covered – past, present, and future.


  9. Thanks for the reminder!!

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