The Grudge pt 4: Forgiving Yourself
The Grudge #4
Luke 22:54-62 Peter denies Jesus
Good guilt vs bad guilt: 2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” Satan wants to take you on a cruise called the guilt trip.
How to forgive yourself
- Mark your moment with God. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Confess, Repent, Accept. When we can’t forgive ourselves, we are saying my standard is more important than God’s.
- Reject accusations and shame from the enemy. Romans 8:1-2 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Guilt: I did something bad (legal). Shame: I am bad (emotional).
- Stay connected in the community. James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
- Allow God to use your weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
- Let God redefine your fire. In John 21:9-17 we are told how Jesus restored Peter. Jesus prepared breakfast for the disciples on a fire of burning coals. After breakfast, Jesus had a personal discussion with Peter and redefined his fire with instructions to feed my sheep.