IN ORDER TO FORGIVE OTHERS, WE MUST FIRST LEARN HOW TO FORGIVE OURSELVES. In Psalm 25: 18, it says, “Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.” For those who prefer the New Testament, we can go to Mark 2:10, that tells us, “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”. When God forgives us, as mentioned in Psalm 103: 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. He remembers our sin no more.
It is the lie that satan whispers in our ears, that has us beating ourselves into thinking we still are not good enough. It is his job to keep us from God, to keep us from doing the things God desires us to be doing. It is satan that is doing all he can to keep us from walking in the forgiveness that has already been granted to us when we cried out to God to forgive us. It is then we are to go to God, asking Him to teach us how to forgive ourselves. Once we learn how to forgive ourselves, we will be able to start forgiving others.
WHEN WE THINK OF FORGIVENESS, WE THINK OF FORGIVENESS OF LETTING GO WHAT SOMEONE HAS DONE TO US AND NOT HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT PERSON EVER AGAIN. WHILE THIS IS A FORM OF FORGIVENESS, THIS IS NOT THE WAY GOD WANTS US LOVE TO BE. HE WANTS TO TAKE US TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF FORGIVENESS. HE WANTS US TO NOT ONLY LET GO OF WHAT WAS DONE OR SAID, HE WANTS US TO GIVE ALL THE FEELINGS, EMOTIONS AND THOUGHTS TO HIM, SO THAT HE CAN HEAL US TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN AND WILL INTERACT WITH THE PERSON WHO DID US WRONG. I AM NOT SAYING WE ARE TO FORGET, BECAUSE SOME THINGS WE CAN NEVER FORGET, BUT GOD WANTS TO GET US TO THE POINT WHERE WE WILL GIVE THE SITUATION TO HIM, SO HE CAN HEAL US, SO HE CAN REMOVE THE FEELINGS, THAT ARE NOT OF HIM AND ALLOW HIM TO FILL US WITH HIS LOVE, NOT JUST FOR HIM OR OURSELVES, BUT FOR THOSE WE HAVE A CERTAIN DISDAIN FOR. WHEN WE BEGIN TO SPEND TIME IN HIS PRESENCE, PRAYING, HAVING COMMUNE WITH HIM, TALKING TO HIM ABOUT ALL THAT IS GOING ON, HE BEGINS TO POUR OUT HIS LOVE IN US, UNTIL WE ARE OVERFLOWING AND WANT TO POUR THAT SAME LOVE INTO OTHERS.