Jesus is always faithful to forgive. When we “miss the mark” – either by chance or choice – we need to go to our loving Lord (and anyone else we’ve wronged) with a repentant heart, humbly asking forgiveness.
While Jesus is always faithful to forgive, sometimes others are not. They may be angry, hurt, or too prideful to forgive. They may not choose to humbly see us through the lens of grace (as we should view them).
Regardless of the response of others, once we have truly repented and asked for forgiveness, we must remember to forgive ourselves, forget the past, and “press on” to the future (see Philippians 3:13).
Always remember: Jesus’ heart is forgiveness, healing, and restoration; He is not a purveyor of guilt or shame. That is from the evil one.
Psalm 103:11-13 (CSB) tells us:
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his faithful love
toward those who fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed
our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
We must forgive ourselves.
Debbie Lowe, Life Lessons from the Living Word, May 2022