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May 17, 2010 / dfrelix

The Gift of God’s Forgiveness

You are not Condemned!

Sometimes it’s hard to forgive ourselves of things we’ve done in our past that we are not especially proud of. Instant replays of past mistakes refuse to allow you to forget, or there may be a person in your life that makes it their business to remind you of what you did or the person you used to be. Whatever the source of your condemnation know that Jesus’ forgiveness is enough, and nothing can trump that unfathomable gift He extends to those who sincerely ask.  If you have asked the Lord to forgive you of your sins and are still feeling the effects of condemnation in your life, realize it isn’t from God.  He has already cleared you of the charges, but it is up to you to accept His gift. He doesn’t remember your past mistakes so why should you?

Think About It

  1. What past sins have you asked God to forgive that you are still struggling with?

Take Action:

Romans 8:1 speaks about there being no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  That means no matter what you’ve done if you have sincerely asked the Lord to forgive you, He has. In addition to that, He has wiped away the sin as if it never existed.

  1. Take another look at the list you made above. Next to each item listed write out the scripture from Romans 8:1. Refer to this list each time you experience feelings of condemnation concerning sins you have asked the Lord to forgive you of.  
  2. Pray and ask the Lord to assist you in forgiving yourself. Start by thanking Him for His forgiveness and then ask Him to help you accept this precious gift.

Copyright 2010 Dana Frelix

 

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  1. Kimberley / May 17 2010 5:00 pm

    This was great! I am going to start using these as quiet time. I think the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. We create stanards and unnecessary pressures thinking that this is the solution to our issues, instead creating more hurdles that we are unable to acheive. Then the cycle continues. Thank you for your thoughts today.

    • dfrelix / May 17 2010 11:15 pm

      Thank you, Kimberley, and thank you for sharing your thoughts as well! You are so right–sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourself. If we could only remember that Jesus died so that we don’t have to create standards and unnecessary pressures for ourself. He paid the price for us– all we have to do is accept it. Praise God!

  2. Kenya / May 17 2010 5:16 pm

    Forgiveness is something so simple but yet we make it so hard for ourselves. This message and bible passage is a perfect reminder of how we should not condemn ourselves but accept God’s forgiveness and in doing so forgive ourselves. I love it Dana. Good job!

    • dfrelix / May 17 2010 11:02 pm

      Thank you, Kenya, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. You are so right–God’s forgiveness is truly a simple thing but we really do make it hard for ourselves to receive. I wonder if it’s because we feel like it just couldn’t be that easy???

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