I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him. ~ C.S. Lewis
This is the final post of this week’s forgiveness series. I’m ending at the beginning. Letting go. It’s hard to freely give what we refuse to receive. One reason extending forgiveness can be so difficult is that we often falter when it comes to forgiving ourselves. If we hang on to our own offenses, which we understand, at least in part, we fall into the trap of shame and guilt. How much more likely, then, will we be to call back another’s, which we may not understand at all, with a heart of blame and recrimination?
That’s the arrogance in unforgivness. It’s not only arrogant to fail to forgive others, it’s equally arrogant to refuse to forgive ourselves.
Maybe we need to practice apologizing to ourselves and letting it go! In that way forgiveness becomes more and more second nature, both an acceptance and an extension of the grace which God unabashedly lavishes.