Have you ever heard someone say that they are struggling to forgive themselves for something they’ve done? Perhaps you have said it, or at least thought it in your own mind when you’ve done something sinful. If you’ve struggled with this, it is understandable, but nowhere in the Bible does God ever command us to forgive ourselves. I recently read an article where a pastor talked about this. He said that such thinking is in opposition to the gospel, because we would be saying that something other than Jesus Christ is required for true forgiveness. It is not Jesus’ forgiveness + my forgiveness = true forgiveness. What Jesus has done for us is enough to forgive all of our sin, and declare us righteous before God (regardless of how we may feel). 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from unrighteousness. After that, our part is not continued guilt, but wholehearted trust in the promises of God.
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