Even Me

Even Me
Roman’s 3:23 tells us that all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God. All means myself
and everyone else on this earth. If you are human and breathing then you have sinned. I think
sometimes that forgiving ourselves is harder than forgiving someone else. After all, we know
better, we gave our hearts to the Lord, we know what his commandments say, yet we choose
sin anyway. Sin is a choice. Perhaps we are involved in a sexual sin, we want to blame the
other person, for women we want to say the man pressured us and we just were too weak to
resist and gave in, it was his fault he should have known better. It is always easier to blame
someone else for our behavior, they made us do it, they are to blame.

When we refuse to own our sin, we give the devil power over us. The power to twist it and
convince us that the fault lies elsewhere. He clouds our vision of what took place, and makes us
angry at the other person, but really what he’s doing is making us feel like we are not worthy of
being forgiven. That if we truly are Jesus girls we wouldn’t have sinned, so therefore it is his
fault. We don’t want to own our part, we find it easier to forgive the other person. We tell
ourselves lies until the lies catch up to us. We are left with the pain of bad choices feeling as
though we are undeserving of forgiveness. To admit that we sin with the full knowledge of the
what we were doing keeps condemnation on us; and that is the trap the devil sets.

If he can keep us ashamed and blaming someone else, he will keep us from running to the
cross, owning our sin before The Lord. He already knows our part, he was there when it
happened. Yet he waits with arms outstretched to love us and allow us to fall into his arms
broken and ashamed. Admitting our guilt and receiving his grace, his mercy, and his
forgiveness in its place. Maybe you are thinking; well I have not committed that kind of sin. It
doesn’t matter what the sin is, or how long ago you committed it, or where or with whom you
committed the sin; we still need to forgive ourselves. When we receive God’s forgiveness and
refuse to forgive ourselves then we’re saying that we know better than God, and actually that’s a
sin in itself. The one place we can always go to be gut wrenchingly honest is to our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. Who tells us in his word that when we come he is faithful and just to forgive
us of all our sin and purify us from all our unrighteousness, 1 John 1:9

So, in closing, remember no matter the sin receive God’s forgiveness and forgive yourself, he is
waiting!

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