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I Can't Forgive Myself (4 of 6)
1 John 1:8-10
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever said, "I can't believe I did that." Ever wished you had not said that? I often refer to such moments or times as "times of insanity." "What was I thinking, or was I thinking?" "Where was my brain?"
"At this moment God is quite unreal to us, He loses all reality, and only desire for the creature is real; the only reality is the devil. Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God ... The lust thus aroused envelops the mind and will of man in deepest darkness. The powers of clear discrimination and of decision are taken from us."
Have you ever felt ashamed of yourself? Ever wished you could retrieve a word, sentence, or conversation? Anything in your past haunt you? Ever done something you wished you had not done?
Anyone join me in saying in their heart, "If I could take it back, I would." How about, "I wish I could do that over."
1 Kings 15:5, " because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite."
Is there that one "major" regret in your life where you struggle forgiving yourself?
This passage from the aged disciple, the Apostle John, should help us to realize that we are not alone.
1 John 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
The struggle against self-forgiveness is a symptom of a deeper heart issue, not the cause. This struggle is based upon possibly ignorance of the truth or an unwillingness to see one's self as God sees them.
There is a tension between two realities that is true for all believers: we are fallen and desperately in need of grace; we are deeply loved and accepted by God. Failure to embrace both realities, on a heart level, manifests itself in a variet ...
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