Angry at Self
A person usually gets angry at self when he feels guilty. The Scriptures tell us that the Lord is more than eager to forgive a person his sins and erase his guilt when he truly repents. How often peace is lost by those who doubt God’s forgiveness! The devil does his utmost to shake a person’s faith in the Lord’s love and care for him. Therefore, that person needs to constantly remind himself of the divine mercy that will both erase his guilt (Jude 24). And if he slips as a result of failing to use God’s power, he should come again, repentant, to the Lord asking for mercy, grace and cleansing (Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 2:1).
God’s Promises of Forgiveness
- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The Lord is sure to forgive if man will truly confess. Faithfulness is one of the Lord’s main qualities (1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23).
- “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Through the merits of the grace of Christ the sinner’s sins can be perfectly forgiven.
- “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christ was “offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28) and became the “Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
- “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17). Christ came not to Judge the world, as it deserved, but to save it.
- “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). God’s redemption is deliverance from a bondage under which man has placed himself through transgression.
- “ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ ” says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ ” (Isaiah 1:18). God comforts his children that however guilty they may have been in the past, however deep their sin may have been, it is possible to obtain purity and holiness.
- “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). God promises that He will no longer hold the sins against the sinner (Isaiah 65:17).
Rejoice in the Lord
Therefore, if God has forgiven a person and doesn’t hold his sins against him, why should that person be angry at himself? Instead, he should praise the Lord for He has cast all his sins behind His back (Isaiah 38:17; Micah 7:19). To be angry at oneself means that the person doesn’t not believe God’s Word. But the Lord is worthy of our love and trust for He gave His life to save all (John 3:16).
In His service,