Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. —Romans 8:33
Nowhere in Scripture do we find God instructing us to forgive ourselves. The only way He instructs us to deal with our heartaches is to urge us to receive His forgiveness.
If we feel compelled to forgive ourselves, isn’t it an indication that we either doubt God’s forgiveness of us or that we’re simply unwilling to receive it? If God’s forgiveness is not good enough for us, then what’s so special about ours? What makes our forgiveness able to do what His cannot? If He has forgiven us, our slate is clean. What more is there to forgive?
Forgiveness is too big a miracle to expect of ourselves. God is your forgiver—your one and only forgiver. When Jesus gave His life on the cross to pay for your sin, He said, “It is finished!” The price has been paid in full. Through faith in His finished work, you are forgiven. Nothing you have done—nothing you could ever do—can absolve you of an iota of your guilt.
Make it Personal
Are there areas of sin where you’re still harboring guilt? Receive God’s forgiveness by faith and be free.