By Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist and REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ: Hebrews 12:1-2

Forgiving others is at the heart of living a victorious Christian life. But, it often pales in comparison to our unwillingness to forgive ourselves. It is of equal, if not greater importance. To refuse to do so comes with a very high price. This self-imposed bondage sacrifices our peace, happiness, joy, and ultimately diminishes the divine plan of God for the role we have as MEN as leaders in the home and family. This MUST be avoided.

In view of my past, is there any hope? ABSOLUTELY!

1) Jesus paid IN FULL for ALL our sin. (Col. 2:13)

2) He said “It is FINISHED.” What right do we have to hold on to what God has forgiven and forgotten?

3) There is no difference in our refusal to forgive someone else and refusal to forgive ourselves. (Matt. 6:15)

REMEMBER:

1) God punished Jesus for our failures. (Isaiah 53:5-6)

2) Satan WANTS YOU to continuously condemn yourself. (ROM. 8:1)

THE REMEDY:

1) Follow Paul’s example (Phil. 3:13-14). Your future can always be more promising than your past.

2) Embrace God’s truth about your sin. ISAIAH 1:18, JEREMIAH 31:34, 1 JOHN 1:9.

PRACTICAL STEPS:

1) Do not talk about your failures.

2) Don’t give in to any sense of fear.

3) Don’t accept any guilt over what you have confessed to God.

4) Hold your head high because of His GRACE, not shame which He bore on Calvary. (Hebrews 12:2)

5) Know that God desires no further embarrassment to come your way.

6) Totally FORGIVE yourself from this day forward.

7) Boldly and unashamedly ask God to use and bless you even though you know you don’t deserve it.

8) Read the book, “How to Forgive Ourselves Totally” by R. T. Kendall

PRAY:
Thank you Father for bearing the burden of my past in order that I might run the remainder of my race with endurance to become all You created me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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