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Do I believe God has forgiven me?

Have I forgiven myself? Are there things I need to let go of? Have I forgiven others? Beloved, Many of us struggle with not only forgiving others but also ourselves. For us to grow, we must be washed and cleansed with the truth of God's word. The scriptures remind us if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Since God forgives us (Psalm 86:5), why do we hold ourselves hostage by not forgiving ourselves? If our creator, the one who made heaven and earth, who's all-knowing (Psalm 139:1-6), alpha and omega, and will cast our sins into the sea (Micah 7:19) forgives us, then we must forgive ourselves. As believers in Jesus, we are also instructed to forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:12, 14-15). When we dwell in unforgiveness, it's contrary to who God is. Therefore, as his children, it is necessary for us to reflect the character of our heavenly Father and look to Jesus as our example. Forgiving others may be a challenge for some of us because when we are wronged, we want vengeance right away for the hurt, pain, and disappointments we've experienced. How do we handle the unforgiveness in our hearts? •Pray & ask God for help •Acknowledge the pain, hurt, and disappointments you feel (this can be through journaling, seeking therapy, or finding safe & creative outlets to express what you're feeling) •Shift & remain focused on God's truth and perspective (for example as David did in Psalm 55 who experienced the betrayal of a close friend) Beloved, don't let another day go by in which you allow unforgiveness to keep you captive. Will you become free from the unseen chains that keep you bound? Will you do the necessary work to overcome to be free? Will you let it go or continue to live in unforgiveness? It's your choice... what will you decide?

LWR 12/30/22   V1.1

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