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Forgive Yourself

It's time to let it go, for yourself.
Some time ago, I wrote an article on forgiveness.

In that article I said we needed to forgive the person or people who did us dirty. That means if we know we have been treated a certain way by certain people, we must let it go in order to move on, in order to be whole.

If anyone knows how hard that is, it's me.

Yet we have to do it anyway.

Another part of forgiveness involves forgiving ourselves when we have done ourselves dirty, done someone else dirty, or made mistakes so bad we will deal with the fallout for the rest of our lives. In order to help others we must take that fallout and turn it around. I'm here to tell you it can happen. We can turn things around with the help of the Lord Jesus. We have been forgiven by Him already. He took all the suffering for us. Now we have to be transparent in our mistakes, because I can assure you we are not the only ones who have screwed up. People want to know they're not alone.

Share your story. People will listen to you. Do something. 

When we deal with the things we have gone through and all those mistakes, people will be drawn to our story and they will be healed by it, because they feel alone. They need to know they're not alone, so tell them. Perhaps the reason we made those mistakes was to help others see God through our problems. Maybe just maybe, we are the ones who will bring them His glorious light. His light will help them get through their mistakes and then it's like dominoes falling forward when they start helping people with their story.

Whatever gift God has given you, just start now and watch what He does.

It's true, I'm telling you.

When I first started writing I was closed, because I didn't want people to judge me, judge my mistakes. I didn't want to be vulnerable, because I was beat up so badly by people that I decided I wouldn't trust them. They had to perform to my satisfaction before they earned my trust. Now things are different. I don't care what anyone thinks of me anymore (they're going to talk anyway) and now I trust people within reason unless they give me a reason not to trust them. I took a chance and so far so good. Am I completely delivered in this area? I'm close, but no cigar. My point? I am trying my best to do something through this blog and other social media to tell my testimony. All of my writing is my story in one way or another. If I write it I have felt it, seen it, heard it, something. All I'm saying is that we can just start somewhere and God will fill in the gaps.

My life is a witness.

Don't give up on God, because God will not give up on you. You are important to Him and His kingdom. Go to Him first1, because He will get you through, not your friends and family. They can only help but so much. This is a God issue. Only you and Him can get you through. Then and only then will you come out better and stronger. And people will listen to your story.

God is real. Let people see Him through your life. Forgive yourself, because you have something to tell, someone to help, and somewhere to be.

Now is the time.



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Footnote:
1. Matthew 6:33

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