And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us - Matthew 6:12

Forgiveness lies at the heart of our faith as followers of Christ. We are children of God

because of the forgiveness we receive from Him and we know that without it, we would

condemned for all eternity. I am not here to talk to you about forgiving others because if

you’ve been a Christian for a while, you might have heard a thousand and one messages

on the topic. I am here to encourage those who struggle to forgive themselves.

Often times we hold ourselves captive to past mistakes we made even though we have

repented and received forgiveness from God. When we do this, we reject the work of the

cross and its power. We prioritise what we think of ourselves over what God says. We

live in constant shame and guilt even though we don’t have to. We don’t accept the

freedom that comes with grace and sadly, being in such bondage stops us from reaching

our full potential. How can we pray for others or teach the gospel when we don’t feel

worthy enough to? How can we start that business, apply for that job or even pray if we

feel that God is constantly angry with us? You see, unforgiveness of ones self keeps us

exactly where the enemy wants us; away from God.

Recently, I received freedom from this when I was reminded of a very special bible verse;

2 Corinthians 5:17 ‘This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new

person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!’ It is freeing to know that God isn’t still

angry with me about something I did in the past. In fact, He rejoice over me and offers me

grace. Now I can choose to let go of my past, accept this wonderful gift and step into all

He has called me to be.

Claud Jaiyeola

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