We have been forgiven.
The price has been paid.
We are called to forgive others as well.
But do you forgive yourself?
Whoa? What? Forgive ourselves? For past mistakes and sins. If you have asked forgiveness the slate has been wiped clean. But have you forgiven yourself? Do you live in tormented by some long ago forgiven sin that God has forgotten, but you have not?
Did you know that the words forgive, forgiveness, and forgave, are mentioned 150 times in the NIV Bible? That is a lot! It must an important concept to be written in the Bible that many times. The Lord is clear on His message of forgiveness. We are to seek forgiveness and give forgiveness. It may easy for you to forgive others, but you may be unable to let go on something you did that continuously haunts you.
Forgiving yourself is simply letting go of what you are holding against yourself so that you can move on with God. If God has moved on, shouldn’t we do the same? Philippians 4:9 states that we are to put into practice those things that we have learned from God and from His Word. To continuously dwell on the events of our transgression, opposes Philippians 4:8 which tells us to dwell on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.
I am encouraging you to move on past what is holding you a prisoner.