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Suffering - Overcoming The Storms of Life

Facing Trials and Tribulations in Life with God

"I know God has forgiven me, but I can't forgive myself."

by Dr. Joe McKeever

I was a young pastor and too green to be picked. But this one I got right.

When Dorothy, a member of our church who had been hospitalized for ulcers, told me she knew God had forgiven her but she was unable to forgive herself, I said, "So you have higher standards than God, is that right?"

She reacted in shock. "Brother Joe, how can you say such a thing?"

I said, "It's exactly what you are saying. Oh sure, God can forgive me because this is what He does. But my standards are higher than His and I can't let myself off the hook that easily."

She said, "What do you recommend?"

"That you start believing the Lord. If He says your sins are gone, that they're underneath the blood of Christ and buried in the deepest sea and separated from you as far as the east is from the west, that you accept that they are gone. Forgive yourself, put the sin behind you, and get on with your life."

One year later, she wrote me. "It was this time last year I was in the hospital and you told me to forgive myself since the Lord had. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I've not had one more day of trouble with ulcers since."

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