Forgiving Ourselves and Others


1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  All we need to do to receive forgiveness from God is to repent and ask him to forgive us.  It is that easy.  We do not have to work to receive the forgiveness of God —there is nothing we can do that would pay our way to Heaven.  Receive his free gift of love by believing on him and his son, Jesus.  Then you can receive forgiveness for your sins.

Sometimes it hard to believe that God would forgive us for all the things we have done in this lifetime.  The Bible says that a righteous man will fall often but grace covers our sins.  In order to be happy, you must forgive yourself for the wrong you have done in the past.  Don’t keep looking back and say: I did this or I did that.  Look at Paul in the Bible, he kept pointing out all of his mistakes —his past sins.  He said that he was the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). No matter what Paul did, God forgave him and used him for his service.   God can use you too if you ask him for forgiveness.  Paul said toward the end of this life, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” 2 Timothy 4:7.  He knew that God forgave him and he knew he had completed the work that God gave him to do.   Remember God forgives you too.  So Forgive yourself.

Now that you have forgiven yourself, you must forgive others of their trespasses against you.  Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  None of us are perfect.  We all have made mistakes.  No matter what someone has done to you, you must forgive them.  The Bible says to forgive people seventy times seven (Matthew 18:22).  Jesus used this as a reference that you must forgive others multiple times, not just once.

Related scriptures:

Ephesians 1:7- In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Colossians 2:13- And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

James 5:15- And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Romans 5:17- For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

2 Timothy 1:9-Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Hebrews 4:16-Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

1 Peter 4:9,10- Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Romans 3: 23-25-For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

About Tracy K

I am a born again believer who has taught Sunday School, Women's Meetings and written blogs and books for the purpose of the ministry. My sole purpose is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus, the son of God, died on a cross for the sins of the whole world. I believe he arose after three days and now sits on the right side of God in Heaven. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Without Jesus, there is no remissions of sins:
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