Sometimes in life, we make decisions that impact our own lives whether positively or negatively. I feel like we often hear, forgive others for what they did to you – which is extremely important. But what about forgiving yourself?
Have you forgiven yourself?
I remember going through a relationship breakup years ago. While I was processing everything while journaling I realized I had to forgive myself. In that instance I wrote a letter to myself and apologized to myself for past experiences. I wanted to be sure I included forgiving myself in my healing process. Scripture remind us one of the commandments is love your neighbor as you love yourself.
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:30-31 NLT
I realize before I can truly love others, I have to love and forgive me. Forgiveness is a decision and a choice. Sometimes you may have to revisit forgiving yourself until you are fully healed. Ultimately it doesn’t matter how many times you have to revisit forgiving you because it is your journey – just remember to do the work to heal you.
In the words of my therapist, I’ll spend the rest of my life doing the work to heal myself!
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