Self-Forgiveness

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Psalm 25:15

My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only He will release my feet from the snare.

 

What has your feet in a snare?  What holds you captive?  What grabs on to you in order to trip you up?

I have come to the discovery recently that guilt and self-condemnation have me snared because I have not learned how to forgive myself for past mistakes.  The cycle of guilt, bitterness and resentment rage on like a tornado without an end.  Nasty stuff; not a pretty site.  Guilt holds me because I don’t know how to let go of it.

As a Christian I know that guilt is not from God, that is not how He works….Amen and Amen.  I have asked for forgiveness over and over again and repented of my follies and yet there are my feet, snared.  For me forgiving others is so much easier than forgiving myself.

Realizing the problem was step one; took a very long time to even see that I was snared.  Now my eyes see clearly the trap.  Step two is in process and that step is asking the Lord to help me, show me, teach me, train me.  While reading scripture this morning and asking God for revelation knowledge He took me to Psalm 25.  The whole Psalm blew me away, please read it for yourself, but verse 15 hit me between the eyes.  What I heard Him say to me through verse 15 was, “Kay, just keep your eyes on Me and all will be right.”  As I look to the Lord and keep my perspective toward Him, guilt will have less and less to hold on to and one day I will realize, “Hey, I am free!”  Praise God for that day.

If you feel alone in your struggle, don’t!  You are not alone.  Every single person on the planet struggles in some way with something.  Unfortunately so few people are willing to let down their barriers and allow others to see inside.  Barriers only keep all of the ugliness trapped inside with us.  I am here to tell you I have been a sold out to the Lord Christian since 1975 and I struggle.  Instead of barricading ourselves in we need to reach out and encourage and  uphold one another.  I pray today that you are encouraged to know that you are not alone.  Our Father calls to us and loves us.  He knows how to get our feet out of the snare even if we don’t.

Amen and Amen!

5 thoughts on “Self-Forgiveness

  1. Dear Kay,
    Thanks for sharing your struggles. We all have something in our lives that either hurt ourselves or others. The Lord forgives and I know it is difficult to forgive oneself for past transgressions. Press on and the Lord will hold you up and remind you of his love for you even on the dark days! God bless you!

  2. thank you for this message today! I will read it for sure! Is it ok if I share your post on my blog? If I can figure out how to do that of course…Thanks!

    Have a very blessed day!

  3. Reblogged this on seekingjohn1010 and commented:
    I was so happy to read this post this morning…what an encouragement to know that God has already forgiven me…now if I could just let go and move on…Like Kay says…He knows how to get our feet out of the snare even if we don’t.
    Thank you Kay!

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