Letting Go in Order to Move On!
What does it mean to forgive and why is forgiveness so important? Forgiveness is about you and I not holding grudges or feelings such as bitterness or anger towards another when we’ve been wronged. It’s important for many reasons. The most important reason of all is remaining in a position of being forgiven by Christ. The Scripture Matthew 6:14-15 tells us, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” When we forgive, it brings healing to the heart and restores within us an overwhelming amount peace. Additionally, forgiveness prevents one from experiencing health concerns and if nothing else, it’s just a healthy way to move forward in the most fruitful way possible!
Do you recall ever hearing someone say, “Oh just forget about it!” While at times it may not be as easy to do as it sounds, the truth of the matter is that God really does want us to “Just forget about it!” It’s important that you forget about those past upsets and disappointments…those unfaithful and bad dealings! Although you can’t change what was done, you can change its ability of being able to affect you. As long as you continue to dwell over in yesterday land, rehearsing what was done, you are only empowering the enemy to have control over you. The enemy would rather you remain emotionally upset, develop stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. These things are no good because they potentially contribute to weight gain/loss, blood pressure issues and depression, to name a few.
I am thinking of the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16, when they were in jail. Instead of the both of them harboring unforgiveness towards those who arrested them, they chose forgive and spend that time worshipping and praising God. As a result of their ability to worship in a place that was meant to keep them bound, they became free and those that were around them were recipients of freedom as well!
God has too much in store for you to be stuck on what happened or who let you down. Truthfully speaking, you were never designed to harbor feelings of remorse, hurt and the likes thereof because they ultimately destroy you and God CANNOT get any glory from this. You and I were created to give forth praise! We were designed as vessels of honor- called and chosen- purposefully mandated to demonstrate the works of the Lord! Refuse to be a victim of unforgiveness and break free from the pit of depression or sorrow and LIVE! Let the mind of Christ be in you that was also in Him. Greater is He that is in you and I than he that is trying his best to keep us bound and shatter any ability of walking in love. Let go of yesterday so that you can embrace today and move forward in the great things that await you tomorrow!