“Forgiving Yourself”

On May 12, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 18:9-14.

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Perhaps the hardest person of all to forgive is the one who stares back at you in the mirror. If we decide to, we can forgive most people for most anything, but to give ourselves a pass for something we’ve done just has a different level of challenge to it. Sometimes seeing ourselves as loved and forgiven is the hardest part.