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.
God will use consequences for you and me to wake up. At those times, we need to recognise our sin and repent to find freedom. As the Prodigal returned home repentant, his father sees him, knows his heart and runs to embrace him with mercy, grace and forgiveness. The son didn’t have to fear because he was being repositioned as a son with all the benefits.
Forgive yourself. Get rid of guilt – you will probably have to work at it, so be patient with yourself but as a result you willwith the Lord’s help win this battle.
Love Peta XO
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