Hebrews 4:15 ESV, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
This verse makes me feel closer to Jesus. Knowing that He sympathizes with my weaknesses, gives me strength to repent and keep moving forward when I sin. I hope you feel the same. We often feel isolated, like no one could possibly understand what we are going through, but Jesus understands. He was tempted in the same ways we are, yet He did not sin. That is why He is the perfect sacrifice for our sins. His blood covers all of our weaknesses.
Sin tends to bring guilt, shame, and feelings of inadequacy, but we can look up to our sympathetic High Priest and find the love and forgiveness we need. Take heart! Jesus has overcome the strongholds that we struggle with. He will help us through when we ask. And as always, the love and forgiveness that He extends to us, we need to extend to ourselves and other people.
Not forgiving ourselves is a weakness. 5 years, 10 years, 25 years later and we still have not let ourselves off the hook for our past sins. We often rehearse them in our minds, and allow them to keep us from walking in the purpose God has for us. Let go of your past (and current) failures and trust God to use them for good. Those failures have caused you to gain wisdom and understanding that you can use to become a better person and help others.
Our High Priest understands your weaknesses, so receive His love and forgiveness today.