Sometimes we do things that we have to forgive ourselves for. Sometimes people do things to us which we have to forgive. No matter what the circumstance is, it’s important to let go. Not letting go only leads to bitterness and resentment. The past is done and nothing can change that. It isn’t easy to let go of things or to forgive sometimes, but God has the power and strength we need.
It can be harder for women to forgive then men, but we are all called to forgive. Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Sometimes it can be hard to forgive yourself too, especially since hindsight is 20/20. It’s even more important to forgive others even if they don’t think they did anything wrong. Matthew 6:14,15: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Jesus forgave those who put him on the cross, and if he can forgive that, we can forgive people for the things they do to us.
If we can’t let go of the past, then we can’t move forward with Jesus. The past is just a worldly past and nothing matters but our relationship with God and others. Not being able to let go is also bad for our bodies and causes ulcers, high blood pressure, insomnia, etc. As God says, our bodies are temples which we need to take care of.
My final thought for the blog: Forgiveness is powerful and opens up the door to grace.