Recently, I began following Amber Rae on Instagram @heyamberrae. Again and again, I’m inspired by her gift for sharing wisdom and life helps in simple and effective ways.
Her Amazon bio says it well, “Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with psychology and neuroscience, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries.”
This week she shared 4 ways to practice forgiving yourself. I immediately asked for permission to reprint it here and she kindly agreed.
I know of so many who struggle with this side of forgiveness, including me. We can forgive others, but we continue to withhold that same grace for ourselves.
When we withhold forgiving ourselves, its actually a form of pride. We’re saying our sin, our mistakes, are greater than what Jesus can offer us. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I pray these reminders from Amber Rae will help you claim forgiveness and freedom in Christ. – Lisa <><
4 Ways to Practice Forgiving Yourself
1. Use guilt as a compass.
Guilt shows us that our actions conflict with our values. It helps us course-correct.
2. Watch out for shame.
Guilt = I made a mistake.
Shame = I’m a mistake.
Forgiveness = I’m learning.
Wisdom = What did I learn from this?
3. Imagine what forgiveness feels like and try this:
write yourself an apology letter. You let yourself down, too.
4. Let go of what you cannot control.
Do your part, own your mistake and let go. We can’t control how others receive our apology or how they forgive.
For more from Amber Rae, check out her website and her latest book, Choose Wonder Over Worry.