Maureen Hager

It’s Time to Forgive Yourself


Why is it so hard to forgive ourselves if God clearly forgives us? Don’t hold on to guilt, shame, and condemnation, God wants you to live in the freedom of a restored life in Him.

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. I wish my past could have been different, but it wouldn’t change the choices I made.

We all have regrets about 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. 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 -His forgiveness. We owe Him everything!

“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” ~ Hebrews 10:17

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8 

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”~ Romans 8:1-2 
You can live in the freedom of self-forgiveness by spending time in God’s Word, renewing your mind, and praying. Forgiveness is essential to the Lord. This act of obedience brings the reward of freedom!
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” ~ John 8:36

Is your hope secure in knowing God’s unfailing love for you? 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)

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