Think about this for a second…where does the Bible talk about self-pardon?
Both the Apostle’s Paul and Peter spent their remaining years retelling their failures…Paul talked about his persecution of the Church and Peter reminded us of his denial of Jesus.
Too often Christians going through emotional turmoil because of past sins allow their missteps to make them ineffective.
Since I shouldn’t speak for others, here’s another fact about myself that may help you…mistakes I’ve made in life are so numerous and troubling, I’ve decided it’s easier to accept that I’m not able to forgive myself.
You see, self forgiveness has no eternal promise anyway, so why strive to achieve it?
It’s God’s forgiveness, through Christ’s death on the Cross that alone can change things and save my soul.
So…if you’re one of those people beating themselves up for past sins, I say…join the club.
And think about the reverse for a second…what about a woman who’s had several abortions that has forgiven herself, but has not allowed Christ to forgive her because she’s a non believer.
What does her self pardon gain her?
The Bible teaches us that in this life we shall have tribulation and in the next He will bring a new order.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Perfection is a promise, but not necessarily for this earth…ask any martyr.
In this life, if we’re so overwhelmed by failures that we can’t help others, Satan has doubled down on his victory over our life.
When we accept that we can’t undo the past (a woman who has repented of her abortion but is working as a Pro Life spokesperson is a great example) we are far more capable of doubling down on our Enemy, because like Paul and Peter, we’re using our past to inspire a better future.