1 John 1:9, 2 Corinthians 7:8–10
Although the Bible has a lot to say about forgiveness, it doesn’t address forgiving yourself. When we talk about “forgiving yourself,” it’s usually when someone continues to feel shame over past sins. We may have the emotional need to “forgive ourselves” to move forward, but forgiving yourself ultimately comes from fully understanding and accepting God’s forgiveness.
Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
We live in a world that’s often very unforgiving, and things like the polarization of society, the onset of cancel culture, and the effects of technology seem to have intensified that reality in our time. Many people take a “no mercy, no forgiveness” approach to life. Others think forgiveness is impossible or unnecessary. Yet, at the heart of the Christian faith is the concept of forgiveness. There are over a hundred verses about forgiveness in the Bible; it was central to Jesus’ teaching and His death for us on the cross. With this series, we will cover what forgiveness is and why it’s so important, the forgiveness of God, our call to forgive others, and what it means to forgive ourselves.