LIVING WITH YOURSELF: “Forgive Yourself”

Sermon Series: Living with Yourself
Sermon Title: Forgive Yourself
Scripture: Psalm 38
 
Matthew 22:37-39:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
 
What does unforgiveness feel/look like?
-Occupies my thoughts
-Changes how I view myself as compared to others
-Keeps me from doing things that I should feel free to do
-Hinders relationships with people and God
 
Psalm 38
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me. 3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. 4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. 5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. 6 I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. 7 My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. 8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. 9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. 10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes. 11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away. 12 Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie. 13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak; 14 I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. 15 Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. 16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.” 17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. 18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. 19 Many have become my enemies without cause; those who hate me without reason are numerous. 20 Those who repay my good with evil lodge accusations against me, though I seek only to do what is good. 21 Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. 22 Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.
 
Forgiveness is not an emotion, it is the reconciling of a debt. Either the debt is paid, or the debt is forgotten. It’s a fact.
 
Paul writes to the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
 
All of us fit into that list somewhere. But keep reading because Paul goes on to say “That’s who some of you were.” That’s not a statement of their improving goodness. That statement is about the grace of God. The Corinthian church was not defined by the past. Was it there? Sure. Was it who they were?
 
David writes in Psalm 103:10-12
. . . he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
 
1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
 
What does forgiveness feel/look like?
-I can move on mentally from my mistakes
-Confidence in who I am becoming
-Embracing the life God has set before me
-Unburdened in my relationships
 
Who are we to hold things against ourselves that God has already handled?

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