Forgiving someone is one of the hardest things in the world, but we must remember that we all make mistakes. Most of us want forgiveness but are not willing to forgive others for things they have done or said to us.
This reminds me of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. There were two sons, one willing to do everything to please his father, while the other was a renegade and had an attitude of ME, MYSELF, and I.
The story of the prodigal son is a lesson of forgiveness and redemption. The main theme is forgiveness starts with self, we must forgive others and God is ready to forgive you no matter what you’ve done. This post will focus on forgiving yourself, Part II will focus on forgiving others and Part III will focus on God’s forgiveness.
Forgiving Yourself– Whenever you make a mistake, you must first acknowledge the mistake. Some things in life are irreversible, but in order to have closure you must start with forgiving yourself.
You can’t change the past, it’s already over and done; however you can control the future and how you respond to your mistake. Stop beating yourself up about it, move on and don’t live in the past (Isaiah 43:18). Living in the past will not change anything but learning from the mistake can go a long way in improving your future. Let go of your pride because it will only hold you back. It wasn’t until the prodigal son realized he was living in disgrace because of HIS own decisions that he was able to forgive himself. Then he could ask God for forgiveness.
One of the reasons we can’t forgive is we expect everyone else to be flawless but fail to see the flaws within ourselves. Knowing everyone is flawed, you must remember everyone deserves forgiveness, just like you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, if you want forgiveness, you must learn to forgive others (Matthew 6:14).