Devotions, Sisterhood Summer

Freedom from Myself

When was the last time you unintentionally hurt someone? I did it not too long ago and can’t seem to forgive myself for it.

Let me set the scene…while waiting on my child at school, I was having a nice conversation with another Mom during which she shared some struggles with her teenager. After the fact, she felt bad for talking about her teen, so she specifically asked me not to talk to anyone about it – specifically not my teen…You might see where this is going…

Later that night, while doing dishes and without thinking, I shared just a snippet of the conversation with my daughter. I didn’t think to myself, “oh, I need to tell her this..”, but I failed to deliberately NOT tell her.

Well, it got back to the other Mom, and she called me out on it. She graciously forgave me because I honestly and humbly admitted what I did. Christ forgave people for much greater. And this other Mom, she was a beautiful reflection of that forgiveness to me.

Why is it so difficult to forgive ourselves when others are gracious to forgive our mistakes? It’s as if I want to punish myself over and over because I’m utterly disappointed in myself. Although I was forgiven, I can’t seem to accept the grace. I don’t deserve it.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9, it says:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

The above verse tells me that my weaknesses are the places Christ’s grace and power show the greatest.

Really?

Nope.

Through this situation, he reminded me of His grace through this other Mom’s forgiveness, and He’s going to show His power as soon as I get out of the way and let Him.

If you’re stuck and can’t let go of your mistake – join me today, in making an effort to get out of the way to let Christ do is perfect work.

Let’s Pray…

Dear God, thank you for this reminder of grace in my daily life. Your grace is sufficient in my life and today I find peace and rest in that promise. But Lord, help me be able to show your grace to those in my life. Help me to be able to quickly forgive not only myself but everyone around me.

Amen.

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