Excellent question. It will help you to forgive yourself if you understand the extent to which God forgives. Also remember we are not perfect and we will without a doubt make mistakes. The latter part of Jeremiah 31:34 tells us; "For I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember it no more". If God will forget your sin, try your best to do so, ask him for his help in prayer. God expects "your" best not perfection, He remembers we are dust (Psalms 103:14). We want to remember Jesus died in order for our sins to be forgiven us as brought out at Matthew 26:28 which says, " for this means my blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins". We don't want to in a sense, by not forgiving ourselves, say thtat Jesus could not cover our sins, that his sacrafice was not enough. God is very merciful and kind, always reflect on that. visit www.jw.org
By trusting in God.If HE, who is all good and caring, can forgive you, then you must forgive yourself or you will be insulting your God. As a Catholic, I confess my sins to a priest, who has God's assurance of forgiving in HIS name. Move on, work hard help others and you will get pass it.Remember HE has forgiven you.....the end..Next chapter...God bless
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 KJV) =========================================But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9 NLT)
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons so many of God's children are living defeated lives, is because of guilt. Guilt is one of Satan's biggest weapons against us. It tears us down, it makes us feel dirty, unworthy, robs of us of our faith and confidence in Christ Jesus. Jesus not only came to cleanse us from our sins, but also set us free from the guilt of our sins. If you want to live a life of spiritual victory, you need to have a conscience freed from the guilt of your past.Satan loves to torment God's people by reminding them of their pasts, and continually holding their sins before them even after their sins have been forgiven. This is condemnation and there is no good that comes out of it whatsoever. It tears us down, makes us feel dirty, unworthy and robs of us of our faith and confidence in Christ Jesus. It's a lie from the father of lies, and it needs to be ignored.Your forgiving let it go.
First, it is not unusual to continue to feel guilty after confessing our sins to God. We need to realize that God desires to give us a 'clean' conscience, not a 'clear' conscience. I think we realize the difference by reading, studying, meditating verses on God's forgiveness (Ps 130:3-4, Micah 7:18, Romans 4:7, 1 John 1:9). Memorize 1 John 1:9 and meditate on each word. I think we forget that God is faithful and just to forgive...and cleanse. When I hold onto guilt, what I am really doing is saying that God was not just to forgive so I hold onto it. (i.e. I don't deserve forgiveness, which is true btw, we do not deserve it; that it why it is called grace). This is like saying my standard is higher than God's, and really, the root of it is pride. True humility admits to God that I am a sinner, I do not deserve forgiveness, Christ paid for all sins and it is on that basis I can be forgiven and forgive myself. (Eph 1:7, Heb 9:14). We are free from sin; it takes time meditating on God's truths for the Holy Spirit to turn those truths into our experience. God bless.