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4 Steps Toward Forgiving Yourself

By Mormon.org
Woman with concerned look - How to forgive yourself in 4 steps

1. Practice self-acceptance

Don’t ignore your faults or stop trying to improve, but do try to value yourself and recognize that you’re a good person, faults and all.

2. Forgive and forget

You learn by your experiences, including your mistakes. Don’t forget what experiences make you who you are, but do forget the resentment and negativity that often accompanies bad choices.

3. Be realistic in your own expectations

All human beings are imperfect, including you. Embrace your imperfections and don’t be too hard on yourself for them.

4. Let go of things you can't control

You have no control over what other people do and say to you, but you can control your reactions. Follow your own righteous purposes and stop living your life to simply please those around you.

Forgiveness is a journey, not a destination. You will continually make mistakes. But because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can receive forgiveness for our sins through sincere and complete repentance. Sinfulness brings suffering and pain, but the Lord's forgiveness brings relief, comfort, and joy.

The Lord has promised: “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (D&C 58:42).

Bonus tip

One of the best ways to take a step back and adjust perspective is to read God’s word. Reading scriptures can help you gain a better understanding of the most important things in life, find the strength to forgive yourself and begin moving forward.

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