June 5 Unforgiveness

scripture reading: John 8:1–12
key verse: John 4:15

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well is a timeless marvel of divine love and forgiveness. But what would have become of His forgiveness if the woman had left without fully receiving and experiencing Christ’s healing love? What if she never forgave herself as Christ did? Would she have ever known the miraculous freedom of forgiveness?

Jesus has forgiven us of all sin. He tells us to forgive others as Christ forgives us (Eph. 4:32). If Jesus forgives you and He asks you to freely extend His forgiveness to those who offend you, is there any reason why you cannot forgive yourself?

You must be able to forgive yourself if you are to truly enjoy the liberation that God’s forgiveness brings. Perhaps you have done something very bad. God forgives all sins; therefore, no sin should imprison you.

All forgiveness, including forgiving self, is founded on the Cross. To deny yourself forgiveness is to try to obstruct God’s holy love.

Don’t wallow any longer in self–pity or guilt that unforgiveness can beget. Fully receive God’s love by forgiving yourself. God has a wonderful plan for your life, and it does not include self–condemnation.

Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful plan You have for my life. I am so glad it does not include guilt and condemnation. Remove these barriers that obstruct Your love.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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