Your sins have been forgiven because of Jesus’ name. (1 John 2:12)
When my sister Lynn told me she had a confession to make, I thought she’d bring up some minor offense. But when she told me that during her freshman year in college she’d had an affair with a married professor, I was floored. My baby sister, barely eighteen at the time, had slept with a married man who was more than twice her age and who had two teenagers of his own. Lynn began to cry as she told me how she was drawn to his charm and sophistication. Young, naive, and vulnerable, she thought he really cared about her.
Now older and wiser, Lynn knew God had forgiven her, but she hadn’t yet forgiven herself. “I just can’t believe I was that stupid,” she cried. “What was I thinking?”
“Lynn,” I said, “we’ve all done things we regret. God has forgiven you, and He doesn’t want you to spend the rest of your life beating yourself up.”
“I know, but . . .” Lynn began.
“Do you remember the woman caught in the act of adul- tery?” I asked. “Jesus told her He didn’t condemn her. His for- giveness is so complete, we don’t need to add our own to it. All we need to do is just receive His—so fully that we ‘go, and sin no more’”( John 8:11 kjv).
Forgiveness can be difficult in any situation. But what about forgiving ourselves? The truth is, if we refuse to experience God’s forgiveness by faith, we’re actually saying He’s not able to cover every sin. Not this sin. Not my sin. Jesus died for you, and His is the only judgment that matters.