Everyday Faith


So often, when we hurt someone, we feel that we must do something to make amends. We have to ask for forgiveness and hope that the other person will forgive us.

Just so, when we do something to harm ourselves, we need to forgive ourselves.

God’s Word says that when we believe Jesus Christ died and was raised from the dead to take away the sins of the world, we are forgiven and we are saved.

God’s forgiveness comes without strings or conditions. There’s nothing you have to do to earn it. All you have to do is accept God’s love for you.

God’s invitation to forgiveness is easy. All it takes is our acceptance.

Yet sometimes we are so filled with feelings of guilt and unworthiness that we are unable to release the burdens we carry and open our arms to Jesus and just say, “Yes, Lord, I believe. Yes, Lord, I accept the gift of your salvation.”

Are you carrying a burden that is keeping your arms full, your heart weighed down, and your spirit downcast? What do you need to lay at the foot of the Cross today?

Bear with each other and forgive one another,

if any of you has a grievance against someone.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

~Colossians 3:12-14

This essay was originally published in God Loves Your Dream, a book of inspirational essays. Get your copy on

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