There are some pretty bad things humans can do to one another: Murder, Hurt, Steal, Lie, Cheat, Tease, Bully.
And there are some pretty horrible things we can do to ourselves as well: Murder, Hurt, Steal, Lie, Cheat, Tease, Bully. We murder ourselves by suicide, suddenly or gradually by the way we take care of ourselves. We can hurt ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically. We steal from ourselves by not giving ourselves credit that’s due us – not allowing ourselves to feel pride when we do something good. We lie to ourselves – saying that life is too hard, or that we are too ugly, or that we don’t deserve this or that. We cheat ourselves by taking shortcuts – not getting the education we need or learning life lessons that will benefit us later on. We bully ourselves, calling ourselves names and putting ourselves down.
One of these ways we hurt ourselves is by telling ourselves this lie: I can’t be forgiven. I don’t deserve mercy.
We tell ourselves that we are too bad. We are too far gone. We’ve done too much bad. We’ve bullied too much, cheated too much, hurt too many people, stolen too many hearts.
But, we need to learn the truth. We need to repeat it to ourselves as often and as long as it takes: The best way to move on is to forgive myself. I can do good if I give myself mercy. I can give life to others if I just give it to myself.
You can be forgiven. You can forgive yourself.
Guilt is painful. And once you’ve felt guilt, you know that you’re sorry. When you’re sorry, you can take the next step and forgive yourself.
You don’t have control over others. You may have done something really bad. You may not deserve to be forgiven. But you have to show yourself mercy. It’s one of life’s greatest gifts. There is a reason why mercy exists. We all need it.
Do yourself a favor & forgive. Forgive others, but forgive yourself as well. And the good news is, you may not be the only one big enough to forgive. 🙂