Jesus paid the ultimate price for our redemption on the cross and he died to pay the debt of sin that we owed. Jesus took with him every sin that we have ever committed or will ever commit. When he said, “it is finished,” it meant that he completed the work which he came to accomplish. He also meant that he completely removed all of our sins and placed them into the sea of forgetfulness and he remembers them no more.
Many of us struggle with forgiving others who have hurt us. We can also struggle with forgiving ourselves for mistakes made in the past. We can also carry guilt for things that was not even our fault in the first place. Emotional abuse, blame and shame based parenting, can leave adults riddled with guilt about situations that are not even real. God is saying that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross sets you free to live without shame.
Even for those situations where we made the wrong decisions and where we allowed pride and disobedience to cause us to drift, God says you are forgiven. Stop punishing yourself for what you did in the past. Self inflicted torment can take the form of refusing to enjoy life. This can cause us to transfer this negative energy to others around us. Our negative image of ourselves can cause us to act in ways that subconsciously push other people away, leaving us isolated and lonely.
God says that you are forgiven and your debts are paid in full. Pray the prayer of confession and accept the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).