Why is it so difficult for us to forgive ourselves? God’s Word assures us that if we accept his grace through the sacrifice of Jesus, he sees us through the lens of Jesus’ cross. However, I still find myself at times being overwhelmed by the weight of my sin. I’ve journeyed with enough people over the years to know that I’m not alone in this. Often the weight of our sin and brokenness makes it difficult to believe that a perfect God can forgive us. With this in mind, check out what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 3.
READ ROMANS 3:23-24
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
As I read this passage the word that jumps out to me is the word “all”. “All have sinned and fall short”, but “all are justified freely by his grace”. If we have embraced the redemption available to us through Jesus, then God has forgiven us. The next step is to choose to believe that. It is possible to trust in the goodness, kindness, and right living of Christianity without trusting in Jesus. They key is acknowledging our sin, but then filling our hearts and minds with truth. God does not want us to carry sin around with us that he has already forgiven.
As you pray today, consider the sin you are carrying with you. If God has forgiven you, then why are you choosing to carry this with you instead of living in the freedom of his grace.
Don’t forget to read Romans 5-7 to prepare for this weekend.