Why do so many of us beat ourselves up for old regrets long after we believe God has forgiven us? How could it be possible for us to find it easier to believe that God has forgiven us than to quit punishing ourselves for what we’ve done?
We’ve spent some time thinking about forgiving others. Now, as we continue to reflect on our conversations about letting others off the hook, I’d like to know why you think so many of us struggle even more with forgiving ourselves. Do you have any idea why the Bible doesn’t say more about showing mercy to ourselves?
Yeh, I know this might sound like playing God. If God wants us to pardon ourselves, why wouldn’t the Bible quote him as saying something like, “Even as I have forgiven you, I want you now to forgive yourselves.” Do you think this is worth thinking through together?