Nour Tessie Jørgensen, Nour Tessie Jørgensen has an MA in Islamic studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and a degree in Philosophy of Ethics at Al Mustafa International University in Qum, Iran. She works as... Answered 2 years ago

Self-forgiveness is a great part of our relationship with God. The first level of self-forgiveness is to be aware of the wrong deed. The self-awareness and reflection is an important part of the road we strive to stay close to in our attempt to reach nearness to God and thereby pure happiness. The second level is to be aware of the pain that was caused by the misdeed.  These two levels form a shield that is needed in order not to fall back into the same patterns again. Then we must understand our relation to the Creator and some of the psychological reasons why the lack of forgiveness may ruin our relationship to ourselves, others and the Creator. By forgiving ourselves we implement the reality that God’s forgiveness is greater than our misdeeds and poor intentions, and that forgiveness should overrule hatred. Being stuck in the past and reminding ourselves of former misdeeds will hinder us to move forward and to seek our fullest potential. By not forgiving ourselves we testify to the fact that we are not worthy of forgiveness and God’s creation were created in vain. As God’s creations, we need to uphold the beautiful and perfect balance that God created within the Universe. A part of that is doing good, wanting and seeing goodness in ourselves, others, our surroundings like nature, animals etc. It is to strive to complete the good in the world. Being unable to forgive oneself will have an effect on our relationships with ourselves and others, and being stuck in the negativity of our past deeds will ruin our hope for the good of the future. It affects our lives and our idea of the lives that God created for us. We are significant because all of God’s creation is significant, and telling ourselves that we are not worthy of self-forgiveness is forgetting our significance.