Are you your own worst critic? Eager to speak a kind word to another, saving the harshest words in speaking to yourself? Can you forgive the mistakes of others, yet yours is on a movie wheel that continuously plays in your head? God says that when we both confess and repent of our sins He forgives and forgets, wiping the slate clean. So if He remembers no more, why can’t we forget? Because two of the of the greatest weapons Satan has in his armory are guilt and shame. And he wields them generously. Satan, whose name means Accuser, does just that. He whispers in our ears that we are unclean, unforgivable, unworthy, and unloved. He delights in reminding us of our past sins, trying to inject our hearts with feelings of doubts about God’s mercy, kindness, and love. But He is the father of lies. (John 8:44) So when God calls you forgiven, believe it! Not as a hopeful wish, but as a divine fact.