Forgive You and Me

Forgive You and Me

If there is one thing that is hard to do, that is forgiving. Not only others, but ourselves. As I sat in church a week ago, I started taking notes. What resulted in this post:

We have to forgive so that we can be forgiven. But first, we have to see ourselves as worthy of being forgiven. It we can’t do that then our salvation is at stake. Not because we can’t forgive others, but because we can’t forgive ourselves. In order to do good, we have to feel like we are worthy of what we are striving for.

Forgive You and Me - A Guide To Forgiving by Life as a Convert

Comfort and Encourage Yourself

Comfort yourself how you would comfort another. Love yourself. Be your own support. Encourage yourself. If you can’t do these things for yourself, you can’t do them for others.

Value Yourself

You are meaningful. Your life has meaning. Heavenly Father has already lost 1/3 of his children. Don’t let him lose you too.

Progress not Perfection

You will fall short. You will mess up. You will be mad at yourself. Your spouse and even kids will be mad at you. Don’t give up.

Perfection is where we are going. It isn’t where we are or who we are.

Be Joyful

God didn’t create us to be sad and unforgiven. God created us so that we can be joyful.

Progession doesn’t come from being complacent or stagnant. It comes from finding joy in the Gospel, finding truth and peace in the words written through inspiration.

You are a child of God. You have a purpose. Live like it. Forgive yourself so that you can forgive others and others can forgive you. We find joy through forgiving.

Additional Study on Forgiveness:

D&C 64:10

D&C 81:1

Luke 17:3

Num 14:18

Matt 5:43-45

19 thoughts on “Forgive You and Me

  1. Heather

    I love this so much. I learned from someone very wise that you need to forgive others for you, not for them. I have learned to do that through the years and have found a huge weight taken off of my shoulders.

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  2. sara lafountain

    I really try hard to forgive everyone all the time. It is not good for me to harbor ill feelings toward anyone.

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  3. Melanie

    Realizing that we need to treat ourselves with the same compassion we found treat others doesn’t always come naturally or easily for all. I have a hard time moving past times where I haven’t reached my goals.

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  4. Alysia Bear

    I struggle with forgiveness most of all. Each day, as a Mama, I go through all of the things I wish I had done better, or wish I had more time for. It’s difficult to harp on oneself for flaws like that and not forgive yourself for basic human failings that, in another, you probably wouldn’t even notice.

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  5. Marysa

    Forgiveness is definitely something to work on and can help us move forward in our lives. These are great tips and reasons to forgive and move on.

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  6. Tim B

    Sometimes a person can be their own roughest critic. Everyone makes mistakes and learning from them is a way of improving the future but to hold oneself back because of regret or fear of a bad error or misdeed only enhances the negativity of the initial incident.

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