Forgive Yourself – If God Forgave You Why Can’t You Forgive You?

Forgive Yourself – If God Forgave You Why Can’t You Forgive You?

Sound Truth Ministry Bible Lesson: Psalm 32:1-2
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Guilt/shame – Forgive yourself and be set free from the guilt and shame of sin. ‘Who will accuse God’s chosen people? God himself declares them not guilty!‘ – Romans 8:33 (GNT)

God forgave you!

Psalm 32:1-2 Our God, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. 2 You bless them by saying, “You told me your sins, without trying to hide them, and now I forgive you.” (CEV)

Does the Bible say you should forgive yourself? No, the Bible does not say it directly. But why should you continue to feel guilty after the Lord declared you not guilty?

Look at David, the Lord of mercy and forgiveness set him free after he confessed/repented! The Lord forgave him and the guilt went away.

Psalm 32:3-4 Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long. 4 Night and day your hand weighed heavily on me, and my strength was gone as in the summer heat. (CEV)

Why can’t you forgive yourself?

Psalms 32:5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (NLT)

Because of grace, Christ shed His blood to set you free. Grace in its largest sense is all that God gives freely to His children. It’s simply the favor that God gives you that you did not earn.

You did not earn forgiveness from God. So why be so hard on yourself? All of us have sinned. But your gracious and merciful Savior paid the price to set you free from sin’s penalty.

Child of God allow your guilt to go away; you are forgiven!

Love is the key

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graphic of grace for the forgive yourself bible lesson

If you love yourself and believe God has forgiven you; forgive yourself. Love covers/forgives all sins. Do not carry the burden of your past sins. The love of God for His children releases you from guilt and ultimate punishment. Release yourself/forgive yourself and be set free from the guilt and shame of your forgiven sin.

Prayerfully review this and the other Bible studies/lessons in the ‘forgiveness series’. I pray that you will be able to forgive yourself! Be blessed/happy— Tim.

Related Bible studies and lessons:

The Forgiveness Series || Agape Love; the Genuine Love of God is True Love

Question for “forgive yourself”: Can you forgive you now?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.

Reference Scriptures

Note: the key verses are enclosed in parenthesis.

Proverbs 10:12; Romans 3:21-26 (23); Romans 5:12-21 (12 and 21); Ephesians 1:3-14 (7); 1 Peter 4:7-11 (8); Hebrews 9:11-22 (13-14)

Scripture quotations marked (CEV) are from the Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission. || Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.60188. All rights reserved.



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