Forgiving Yourself

Devotional

“So Abram said to Sarai, ‘Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please.’ And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence.”Genesis 16:6

I wonder about Hagar, Sarai’s maid. What must she have thought about these people, Abram and Sarai, who she now served? It was evident they were God’s chosen and anointed people, but could she tell that from their conduct at this point in time?

Hagar was an Egyptian. Egyptians were known to be polytheists, believing in many gods. Hagar may have been inherited by Abram and Sarai when they were in Egypt, a place they should have never been. Now, Hagar was serving under those who served the one true God, yet it would seem that through their decisions and conduct, they were not always obedient. It is possible that the picture being painted here demonstrates how disobedience can push others away from the Lord.

The scene we see next is a beautiful one. We see Hagar running away and sitting by a spring of water in the wilderness, contemplating. Probably in her loneliest state. At that very moment, Jesus comes walking up and meets her where she is at. In spite of the conduct of these godly people, Jesus is the One who saves and restores!

There may be godly men and women in our lives that we look up to that have failed and disappointed us at one time or another. We may even be someone others have looked up to, and we have failed in our conduct before them. We may also wonder if we have pushed them away from the Lord. If this describes you, take heart! Jesus will correct you and show grace because He loves you. Be also encouraged about the ones you may have hurt, Jesus loves them too, and it is He who seeks them. Yes, our conduct as Christians should be above board, yet we often fail. Thankfully, salvation does not depend on us and Jesus seeks each person individually.

As a Christ-follower, Jesus has forgiven you, and He forgives others, but have you learned to forgive yourself?

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14

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