How can I forgive myself?

Last updated on May 5, 2022

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Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)

Maybe something has happened in your life that you are extremely sorry about, but can’t put right anymore, because the harm done simply can’t be undone.
Maybe you caused a fatal car accident because you were scrolling on your phone. Maybe you deeply regret having had an abortion. Or maybe you hurt somebody deeply and did reconcile with this person, but you still feel guilty about what happened. These feelings can go very deep. How can you ever forgive yourself?!?

The answer may be surprising. You can’t forgive yourself, since you are not in the position to decide whether you are still guilty. But God is! If you have confessed your sin to God, you have already been forgiven. So, if you are still struggling with feelings of guilt after having repented and after doing whatever you could to make up with the people involved, you are not fully accepting God’s verdict of forgiveness. By still holding an offense against yourself, you are actually disagreeing with God…

“Forgiving yourself” is easier said than done. But let the truth from Hebrews 10:22 sink in, and let your heart be sprinkled clean from an evil conscience! Rejoice in God’s forgiveness and praise Him for His grace!

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