Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Forgiveness: Part Two

I want to hand you a lifeline of grace today.

Here it is wrapped in a shiny bow from me to you:

We ALL have a past.
We ALL have made mistakes.
We ALL wish a situation turned out differently.

If you really think about what I just said, you should feel relieved.

Relieved that you're not the only one  who's done something she regrets.

We're all human and imperfect!

Every single one of us needs a Saviour to rescue us. 

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Psalm 40:2-3-
"He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along."

Thank You Jesus!
Now that I realize this truth, I am free to forgive myself!

We have to be willing to let it go.

Whatever IT is.
The thing that has been gnawing at you all these years.

There is no guilt or shame in forgiving yourself. 
Don't let anyone convince you to stay stuck in that place.
You are imprisoning yourself when you do. 

Galatians 5:1-
"Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! 
Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you."

Can I tell you something, ladies?
When we don't forgive ourselves, our whole identity is compromised.

We don't believe what God says about us.....

That we're beautiful (Song of Solomon 4:7)
And wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
And radiant (Psalm 34:5)
That we're captivating (Song of Solomon 4:9)

We can't see ourselves the way Christ does if we are looking at all our flaws!

When we focus on what we did wrong
 then we're not focused on the only One who did it all right.

When we look at the bad choices we made 
then we've taken our eyes off the One who is the best choice!

Let me encourage you today with the lyrics 
from the song "Forgive Yourself" by Downhere.

You keep laying down $100 bills
On the counter of your untamed guilt
And you'll keep paying out from your empty purse
Until you feel you've satisfied your curse
No one here is throwing stones
But you have got to drop your own

Forgive yourself, forgive yourself
Anyone who bears a scar wants to forget it
Forgive yourself, forgive yourself
Nothing ever frees you more than just believing
That you've been forgiven, come out of the prison

Can you tell me how you spend every day
Looking in the mirror of your shame
And staring like a judge, you are ruling for yourself
You tied a stone around your neck
You're drowning in a past regret

Don't believe it's okay to be like this
Don't believe you deserve to live like this
'Cause every part of you wants to know
Just one reason why you should let go

Forgive yourself, forgive yourself
Nothing ever frees you more than just believing
Come out of the prison
You've been delivered.

Let's drop our baggage today.

I'll do it with you.
Take a deep breath, breathe out and LET IT GO. 

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