Forgiving Yourself Part 2
I was wanting to expound a bit more on the subject of forgiving ourselves. We need to realize that as we repent we are restored in right standing with God. We all have things that the enemy tries to beat us up with as he reminds us of our failures. His plan is to bring us shame and cause us to give up, thinking we will never change or be acceptable to the Lord.
Let's think about King David for a moment. God considered him a man after His own heart, yet he was a man of great moral failures. He looked at a married woman with lust and devised a plot to have her husband murdered so he could have her for his own. Pretty horrible isn't it? Yet, what is it about David that attracted the favor of God? In the midst of his failures, he was also a man of repentance and passionate worship. He admitted that there was nothing good within him and He desperately pursued forgiveness and God's help to overcome his weaknesses. He didn't make excuses for his behavior nor did he fully surrender to sin and turn away from God. He submitted himself to His judgment, completely trusting that He would be fair. Though he was very human and made mistakes, He had a heart that hungered for a relationship with His Lord and He worshipped Him with all of His heart and strength. He sought Him with passion and abandon. He never doubted the love and mercy of God and In the midst of his weakness and brokenness he wrote over half of the psalms. His failures did not disqualify him from serving God and neither do yours if you'll repent, worship, and seek Him with all of your heart.
Focusing on your sin only enforces it, but focusing on Jesus and drawing from His strength brings freedom from its control!
Psalm 51:1-4,6-7,10-17 (NIV) Have mercy on me, O God,according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways,so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord,and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.