There was a priest in the Philippines who carried the burden of a secret sin he had committed many years before. He had repented but still had no sense of God’s forgiveness.
There was a woman in his church who claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ and he with her. The priest however was skeptical. To test her he said, “The next time you speak with Christ, I want you to ask him what sin your priest committed while he was in bible college.” The woman agreed.
A few days later the priest asked, “Well, did Christ visit you in your dreams?”
“Yes, he did”, she replied.
“And did you ask him what sin I committed in bible college?”
“Well what did he say?”
“He said, ‘I don’t remember.’”
Some of us are like the priest. The hardest thing to do is to forgive ourselves. We tend to be our own harshest critics, insisting on beating ourselves up.
The following verses may be helpful on your path to self-forgiveness:
He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our inequities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. (Psalm 103:10-11 NIV)
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12 NIV)
There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.(Romans 8:1 NIV)
As John Donohue said, “It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk into a new path of promise and possibility.”
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