How Can I Forgive Myself?

If we confess our sins
For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

How often have you heard someone say, “I know God has forgiven me, but I will never be able to forgive myself”?

Such self-condemnation can spring from several sources, but it is, in any case, an enemy God has already defeated. Romans 8:1 tells us, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” This encouraging statement covers all condemnation, including self-recrimination. How, then, should we deal with those condemning voices?

First of all, we need to distinguish between remorse and guilt. It is appropriate to feel sorrow and remorse for past deeds, but to carry guilt for them is not necessary.

The Bible assures us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9).

Any lingering feelings of guilt after this are enemies trying to rob us of our freedom in Christ.

Sometimes these feelings of guilt stem from the mistaken notion that we still must pay for our sins, so we unconsciously embrace perpetual remorse as a way to make restitution for past wrongs. Such a practice suggests the faulty notion that Jesus did not really pay for all sin by the shedding of His precious blood. When we realize that He has stamped “paid in full” on our account, then we must never dare to side with those who would have us believe otherwise.

Since God has given us His Word, we can reject all accusing voices and rest on His promise: “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things” (1 John 3:20).

Lord, I reject all accusing voices and rest on Your promises. You are greater than condemnation and accusation.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:16-21

Key Verse: 1 John 3:20

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Your Turn

“Paid in Full”! Isn’t that a wonderful truth? We in Christ Jesus are completely redeemed by His Blood! Even so, we may struggle with self-condemnation. We may hear the voice of accusation in our ear. Let’s pray that prayer again: Lord, I reject all accusing voices and rest on Your promises. You are greater than condemnation and accusation. He is greater; and we are redeemed! Take a moment to meditate on that glorious word! What self-condemnation do you need to lay down at the Cross? Please leave a comment on our blog. We would love to hear from you. ~ Devotionals Daily

Charles Stanley

Dr. Charles F. Stanley has been senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta since 1971. He is the author of fifty books with more than 6.5 million copies sold. In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley is broadcast on radio and television in fifty languages around the world.

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