September 16, 2018
1 John 3: 19-20
Many times we are our worst enemy. We get down on ourselves and we become people who are self-condemning. Because of our failures and guilt we live under a constant attack of negativism. We must learn to overcome self-condemnation as well as condemnation from other sources. How often have you heard someone say, “I know God has forgiven me, but I will never be able to forgive myself?” Perhaps you have said it to yourself. The issues that cause us shame and guilt are varied, but once you confess your sins, the blood of Jesus completely removes them from you. (1 John 1:9) How then can you silence those condemning voices?
The first step is to recognize that you have not forgiven yourself. Face up to this fact, be honest with yourself, and begin to deal with the issues that trouble you. One of the hardest things people deal with is being open and honest when dealing with issues in life. We are so self-conscious, prideful, and egotistical that we cannot admit that we are not perfect in life. The Bible says that there is only one perfect one in life and it is not you, His name is Jesus.
Is it hard for you to accept the fact that you have problems?
Once we identify our problems, then we can deal with them.
Tell the Lord that you realize your self-condemnation is a sin. Then accept and thank Him for His forgiveness. The Word says that He can and will cleanse us from “ALL” unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us.” (1 John 3:19) Repentance sets our heart at rest and allows God to wipe our slates clean.
How long has it been since your heart was set at rest?
How do you feel when your heart is at rest and peace floods your soul?
3 Believe God
Reaffirm your trust in the truth of Scripture. The Lord says He has removed our sins and transgressions as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12) God loves you enough to make forgiveness complete and brings wholeness to your life. God expects us to trust Him in every area of our life, including the biggest problem areas of your life.
Do you trust the Lord to work for your wellbeing?
What cause us to not trust in the Lord?
What can you do to strengthen your faith this week?
4 Choose Forgiveness
By an act of your will and by faith in what Christ did for you on the cross, decide to forgive yourself. Always remember that you can trust fully in what Christ has accomplished for you. The Lord has given you His Word, so reject all accusing voices and rest securely in His promises. God is faithful! Thank the Lord for His grace and mercy on your behalf and for giving you true peace in life!