One the building blocks in the rebuilding of our lives is the ability to forgive ourselves.
Because we are human we are going to make many mistakes in our lifetime. The question is will we have the ability to forgive ourselves of those mistakes, not how many mistakes we make. Forgiveness is a process that begins with me.
Forgiveness is a process and it begins with me. How can we forgive ourselves?
Forgiveness and inner peace go hand-in-hand. When we decide to forgive ourselves, chances are we will find inner peace. So says Paul: “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1).
Paul equates inner peace with justification (just-as-if-I-never-sinned). Faith in God and justification results in peace with God and ourselves.
Forgiveness results when we resolve our anger issues. When people are unable to forgive themselves, pent-up anger results. Unresolved anger destroys relationships, including a healthy inner self. Anger must be dealt with.
“Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” (Ephesians 4:26,27)
Forgiveness means letting go of the past. You can’t change the past, so why waste so much time dwelling on the past when nothing will be resolved?
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” ( Philippians 3:13).
Paul did not dwell on his past, nor should we!
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org