Forgive Yourself

Updated: Aug 10

My last blog was about forgiving others, which can be hard and I believe only possible when we have a personal understanding of God’s forgiveness. But what about self-forgiveness? You may carry guilt for those harsh words you spoke, your bad attitude and the way you acted as a parent or child with family members or perhaps you are still haunted by your past.

As I was thinking about this, I thought about the Prodigal son in Luke 15. This is a very famous parable that you have probably heard preached many times. I wondered what more I could glean as I felt the Lord take me there. God always has more.

The Prodigal story begins when the son thought that he knew better than his father, so he took his inheritance to visit the world (this is idolatry, we are all guilty of this when we think we know better than God our Father). The fun and money soon ran out and he realised the consequences of his actions when he was reduced to feeding pigs and saw their food was better than what he was eating.