As I prepare to launch my newest book: STARTING OVER …how to find God’s forgiveness when you find it hard to forgive yourself …I’m releasing portions of the book in advance. This is from the meditation called: Stop punishing yourself.
If you would like a free advance PDF copy of the book, I’m happy to send it to you in exchange for posting a review of the book on Amazon.com on the day it launches (currently projected at April 10th). Request your copy here.
Stop Punishing Yourself
WHY ARE WE SO QUICK to dwell on our failure? I think it’s because we feel the need to punish ourselves for what we’ve done. Rather than embrace God’s forgiveness and celebrate it, we embrace guilt as our cross to bear: our penalty for failing God.
We know we can’t make things right. We can’t undo our past or fix what’s broken. But maybe if we embrace guilt God will see our remorse and be pleased with us. We hope that embracing guilt will salve our regret and soften God’s judgment against us.
That’s our solution…as bad as it is. But God has a better solution. He forgives us. I know that might sound simplistic; the apostle Paul put it like this:
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. 2 Corinthians 5:19 (emphasis mine)
That’s such a simple definition of forgiveness: not counting your sins against you. Paul compares God to an accountant checking his books with its debts and credits. In God’s “ledger book” you have no outstanding debts. You don’t have to worry about getting harassing “collection calls” because Jesus paid all your debts with God. A selection from Starting Over
If you struggle with accepting God’s forgiveness, this book is for you. If you know someone who struggles with forgiveness, it’s for them too. Please share this post with them and look for the book on April 10th.