Forgiveness Starts With Yourself

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Mark 12:28-31 (NIV)

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

 

Often our inability to master a certain skill or our response to a shameful situation causes us to feel anger and self-condemnation.  When we allow the seed of self-condemnation to grow, it sprouts bitterness and cynicism, the opposite of love.

Jesus was once asked about His view on the most important commandment in the law.  He said there were actually two:

  1. to love God
  2. to love your neighbor as yourself

Often, it is summarized as “love God; love people.”

Unfortunately, when we summarize it in this way, we miss such an important element of what Jesus actually said, which was loving our neighbors as ourselves.

So we must ask the question: Have we allowed ourselves to be loved and forgiven by both God and others?  Not just knowing that Jesus paid for our sins, but experiencing His forgiveness and feeling loved by Him?  Or, are we choosing to believe the lie that we are stuck just the way we are?

Gipsy Smith, a British evangelist, once said, “There’s no sight like seeing the light from Calvary kiss a human face as it fills the heart with the assurance of Divine forgiveness.”  Have you felt that Divine kiss in your life?

So many of the laws God gave to His people concerned relational matters, and one of them speaks about loving your neighbor as yourself.

Leviticus 19:18 (NIV)

18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

See, Jesus wasn’t the first to say this.  Jesus was quoting the law in His answer; it was nothing new.  The people who worshiped God had known about this commandment for thousands of years.  We are still commanded to love ourselves first so that we can love our neighbor, for we can only give what we have received.

So what is holding us back?  If Jesus’ work is enough to rescue us for eternity, why wouldn’t it be enough for our forgiveness in the present?

Where do you struggle to feel forgiven and loved by the Lord?

Let’s all take a moment, wherever you are as you are reading this, and take a deep breath and allow ourselves to feel forgiven and loved.  Once we do that, then and only then, will we be able to truly pass it on to others.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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