Asking for Forgiveness

Asking for Forgiveness by Elizabeth GeorgeWhen a conversation goes wrong and escalates into a battle, we have to deal with the aftermath and assess our part. It helps to ask yourself, am I shifting blame to others, making excuses for my actions, or am I accepting responsibility?

EXCUSES

It’s amazing how many excuses and how much blame we can come up with after giving in to sin. Have you ever noticed that asking for forgiveness is often difficult? 

Many times, our pride is the culprit. Instead of immediately asking for forgiveness, pride says, “I was right ” or “It wasn’t that bad!”

James 1:14 says, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” With this statement, James warns us to be aware of our own sin and accept responsibility.


FAITHFUL TO FORGIVE

My friend, God doesn’t ask us to do a thousand things, not even a hundred, just a few things. God’s purposes for you can be boiled down to just three.
  • Determine to obey God. As Proverbs 3:4-6 says, develop a greater trust in the Lord.
  • Devote your life to becoming more like Christ. Look to God, not yourself, for direction.
  • Look to the finish line, not just what’s happening today.
As you’re faithful in these areas of growth, you’ll grow in humility and more readily confess sin and ask for forgiveness. It won’t be a chore. Rather, it’s the recipe for a better life and better relationships.
When you fail in your walk with God, accept responsibility for your actions. Be honest with God and enjoy His forgiveness and grace.

RESPOND

Dear Lord, I need greater humility and courage to accept responsibility for my sins. First John 1:9 promises that if I confess my sins, You, dear Lord, are faithful and just to forgive them. Help me to nurture a repentant heart. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

Proverbs for a Woman’s DayAre you stressed out by your responsibilities? At a crossroads in your life? Wondering what to do about a complicated relationship? Take a journey through Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart.

REFLECT

When is the last time you confessed your sin and asked the Lord for forgiveness. Remember, He is faithful to forgive!

REMEMBER

Look to God, not yourself, for direction


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