Have you ever heard someone say with a somber tone: “I’m trying to move forward, but I just can’t seem to forgive myself”? As a pastor I hear this often as people recount their struggle to move on from a past mistake. They might readily acknowledge that others have forgiven them and that even God has forgiven them, but they just can’t seem to forgive themselves.
To those that struggle with this I ask this question: Do you believe that you hold a higher standard than God when it comes to forgiveness?
If the death and resurrection of Jesus has been applied to your life by you giving your life to Jesus and you’ve repented of your sin; then you are forgiven (1 John 1:9). End of story.
We’ve never had the right to decide what’s forgivable and what’s not for ourselves or others. That’s God’s department.
We should feel Godly sorrow when we’ve disobeyed God, wounded others or just blown it big time. But, Godly sorrow is driven by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. We then embrace our mistake as truth, confess it, turn away from it with our lifestyle and move forward forgiven and grateful for the mercy and grace of God.
Your sin is not the exception to God’s grace. The cross made sure of that.