Monday, April 10, 2017

The Importance of Forgiving Our Self - Part 2

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Jesus is our great High Priest who ascended into heaven. Therefore, we can hold firmly to the faith we profess. We have a high priest who is able to empathize with all of our weaknesses, because He was tempted in every way, just as we are; yet, He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).

Yes, Jesus had the divine nature of God within Him to keep Him perfect; however, we do too. Once we come to God through Jesus Christ, the entire Trinity moves into our spirit by God's Holy Spirit.

All of His divine power and spiritual gifts and fruit reside within us - enabling us to walk in God's Spirit each moment of the day. Anyone can walk in the Spirit for one minute.

When we do, and then when we string all of those minutes together, we have walked in the Spirit for most of the whole day. We simply center our focus on Christ in us and not on our flesh, the devil or the world.

We can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4: 14).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive us every time. In fact, He will do one better than that! He will also sanctify and purify us from all unholy behavior, if we will allow Him to do so (1 John 1:9) .

If you need to ask someone's forgiveness, or make amends for something you have done, now would be a good time to do that (Matthew 6:12). But even if they will not forgive you, God already forgave you, and Jesus shed His blood to guarantee your forgiveness.

Unforgiveness is a trick of Satan to make us pessimistic and negative. It stops our growth in our spiritual walk. These buried emotions may even make us defensive and distant with other people.

When we refuse to forgive our self, or someone else, we carry our feelings on our shoulders and think other people are talking about us or have an attitude toward us, when all along we are the one sinning against our self.

Sometimes, Satan discourages us into thinking that we are too incompetent and tarnished to help anyone else, we get disheartened and we want to give up.

If we live in constant fear of failure, of making more mistakes or repeating old mistakes, of being rejected or of not gaining the approval of others, we will never succeed in following God’s plan for our life.

Despite all of our failings, God gives us overwhelming victory through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37). Even if everyone else is fighting against us, including our self, they shall not prevail.

God is with us to deliver us in our times of need (Jeremiah 1: 19). The Lord forgives us and we can forgive our self as well as one another (Colossians 3:13). Then we will grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally and live a healthier life.

Father God, we are so blessed, because You forgave all of our transgressions and covered all of our sins with the blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross, You paid the penalty of the sins of the whole world once and for all (Romans 4:7-8). You never count our sin against us again.

Now, we can forgive and comfort those who sin against us, including our self, so that we will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow (2 Corinthians 2:7). We realize that since You forgave us unconditionally, we can follow Your example and forgive others and our self unconditionally as well.

Thought for the Day:
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone (even yourself), forgive him/her (and yourself), so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." 
- Mark 11:25

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