One of the hardest things for Christians to do is to forgive ourselves. I know. I’ve been there. You have too, if you will admit it. We all have.
If, as a child of God, we ask His forgiveness for sin that has harmed our fellowship with Him, He has promised to forgive us. I’ll come back to this later.
I’m going to switch horses and talk about getting saved first, and then I’ll switch back to forgiving one’s self as a Christian.
People have come up with all kinds of ways to help God out with getting saved. Churches have split over these issues. New churches have formed over these issues. People have squabbled, pouted, and defriended over these issues.
One church teaches that unless you belong to their group you are not saved. There’s another group that does not teach that, but they send the same message by their actions.
Some teach that unless you’re baptized you are not saved. Others go even further and say that you must be immersed and not sprinkled in order to be saved.
One group says one must partake of the Lord’s Supper (Communion) every Sunday to stay saved.
And then there are those who won’t allow a musical instrument in the church service since surely a ‘real’ Christian would not have a musical instrument in the church.
There are several groups that teach being saved, and keeping it, require a dress code. I suppose if you break the dress code you’re out…