For What It’s Worth,
After Being Forgiven for a Particular Sin, Then What?

By E. J. Bradshaw

When a child of God sins, the Holy Spirit initiates an awareness of the trespass; He humbles the perpetrator and breaks his or her heart; and renews fellowship with God. What then? If others have been hurt by the act of sin, retribution ought to be made; forgiveness sought, and fellowship restored. What then?

One must then forgive himself. The Bible says, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32.

And to the Christians at Colosse, Paul wrote, “Put on therefore…bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness…longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another…even as Christ forgave you so also do you.” Colossians 3:12-13.

According to Jesus, we are to “love the Lord our God with all our heart…and we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” Matthew 22:37-39. Love for our neighbor demands that we forgive; even so, proper love for self demands like treatment.

Forgiving yourself is part of your faith in what God has done. God says, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. As far as the East is from the West, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12. God does not even remember our sins. “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake. I will not remember your sins. Put me in remembrance; let us contend together. State your case that you may be acquitted.” Isaiah 43:25-26. Romans 8:1 reads, “There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Holy Spirit.” So, trust God’s Word, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

Why is it important for us to forgive ourselves?

1. Guilt feelings rob us of joy and assurance. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace.

2. In our shame and doubt, we are fearful and we will not witness for Jesus.

3. As we continue to obsess with that particular sin, we open the door for Satan. As he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Out of the heart proceeds evil. Why would that happen, when according to Micah 7:19, “God has subdued and hurled all our sins into the depth of the sea”; and Corrie ten Boom added, “Then He put up a ‘No Fishing’ sign at that spot.”

So, God’s desire and my prayer is “that you sin not;” and when you do sin, immediately seek God’s forgiveness and then forgive yourself. For what it’s worth, “Walk in the (Holy) Spirit and you won’t be tripped up by the flesh.” Galatians 5:16.

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