Posted on November 6, 2012 at 6:30 AM
When I started on this path back to God, one of the first things God began to show me was the importance of forgiveness. I learned that there are three parts to forgiveness and I needed to understand each component.

1. Asking for forgiveness is important to soften your heart and coming closer to becoming a gentle soul. The person may not even know you did something wrong, but you know in your heart that you have done something. And it will weigh you down.

You want to ask God to forgive you first. Put Him first! Then ask the person who you have wronged for forgiveness. And stop before the "but".  There is no "but" in "I'm sorry!" When you say, "but", it erases everything before the "but".  When you go to God first for forgiveness, He will show you how to ask for forgiveness.

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." James 5:16

2. When you feel that weight lifted off of you, that high that comes from knowing you now have a clean slate, you just want to shout it out! Now you are able to Forgive Someone Else!  It is important to offer forgiveness to someone, even if they don't ask for it. It also helps to lighten the load on your shoulder. This will also help you to move forward and closer to God. It will help you to be more like Him.

"And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”  Mark 11:25

"Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." Colossians 3:13

"Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing."  1Peter 3:9

3. This last one was the hardest for me to grab hold of. Forgiving Myself! Forgiveness is where God had me start, as I have mentioned. And the first two days, I breezed through my lesson. Understand that although it wasn't easy to ask for forgiveness nor to forgive someone who wronged me, "I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me."  - Philippians 4:13  Because I was walking side by side with God and following His direction, I was able to get through those things.

When it came to forgiving myself, I sort of let go of God's hand and put my head down. I can't forgive myself. I know God forgives me, but I can't forgive myself. I finally learned to forgive myself when God showed me why I wasn't doing it!


Which we all know is a sin!

"The fear (respect) of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate." Proverbs 8:13

At first I didn't see how this fell under pride, but what is pride?  The type of pride I am speaking of is a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. ( This type of pride takes our focus off of God and onto ourselves. This type of pride had me focused on me and not on Him. And I carried a burden which I was unwilling to let go of because I thought, "If I forgive myself, the person I have wronged will not think I was genuine. If people see me acting like I did nothing wrong... What would people think of me?"

This is at a time that I am learning that MY HEART BELONGS TO HIM! To God. Not to ANYONE ELSE! God said, "Forgive yourself!" And I was blatantly saying, "No Dad, I can't! What will THEY think?"

When I realized that I was focused on me, I gave in and asked God to forgive me for my disobedience and I praised HIm for His forgiveness and I allowed God to wrap His arms around me as I learned how to let go and let God.... When I forgave myself, I took my eyes off of others and put them on GOD!

"Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you." Proverbs 4:25

The only way to forgive yourself is to take your eyes off of you and put them on Him. It will allow you to MOVE FORWARD!

Be Blessed, Stay Blessed and Be a Blessing!

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Reply Rev. Ace
11:44 AM on November 28, 2012 
Great Message!!

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