For years, when I looked at myself in the mirror, I saw a broken woman in need of forgiveness. I carried the burden of shame, guilt, and condemnation from my past. Over and over again in my mind, I replayed the foolishness of prior decisions.
“How could I be so stupid?”
“Did I really think the gang could be my family?”
“Would I always feel the brokenness?”
I knew God saw my broken heart and heard my prayers of repentance. Instead of seeing myself as a victim, I acknowledged myself as a survivor and an overcomer in Christ’s steadfast love.
Instead, I chose to accept my past and trust God with my future. It was time for me to walk in forgiveness, even if it required a lifetime of forgiving. *Excerpts from my new book – Love’s Bullet: A Wounded Victim in a Biker Gang War Transformed by God’s Love
We all have regrets towards things we have done in the past. Sometimes our minds become a flood of ‘ if only’. We may suffer from guilty scars upon our hearts. Beware of falling into a pit of despair over the weight of your sin.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)
Approaching God’s throne of grace in sincere humility is the first step. Now wholeheartedly turn away from the things that have broken God’s heart. Accept the miracle of His grace and receive what we don’t deserve -forgiveness. We owe Him everything!
Ultimately, the brokenness in my life became the key that unlocked the love I sought – the love of the Father. God wants to overwhelm you with His love. As a daughter of the King, you are:
Redeemed (Psalm 31:5) ~ Accepted (Ephesians 1:6) ~ Adopted (Ephesians 1:5) ~ Chosen (1 Peter 2:9) ~ Loved (John 3:16) ~ Blessed (Ephesians 1:3)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
You can live a restored life in God’s transforming love.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me the grace and strength to forgive myself. What steps could you take to forgive yourself?
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