Do you struggle to forget the hurts from your past? Maybe you are afraid that the same things that hurt you before or that the same ways people hurt you in the past will happen again. I think these are valid concerns. I have experienced hurts several times over the years by people who claim to love me. And they do love me. But sometimes it feels as if they couldn’t possibly do those things and still truly love me.
You know something? That is a lie that the enemy wants me to believe!
John 10:10 tells us about what the devil is really doing and what Jesus is offering us instead.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Something I have come to realize, and a reality that God is still working out in my life, is that people are fallible.
But God is infallible.
Friends, family, co-workers, our children…..they will all fail us in some way at some point. We cannot place them in a spot, on a pedestal, where they were never meant to be. I know I have been guilty of doing this over the years. So many ‘shoulds’.
God will never fail us or forsake us. ( Deuteronomy 31:8 )
We all must come to a place where we realize that God is our redeemer. He is our healer. Jesus is our Savior, and we find our beauty, worth, and all that we are in Him. The enemy desires for us to remember the past. To let the sins against us rule us and our passions. To keep us in bondage to unforgiveness and to dwell on our hurts. This keeps us from living that abundant life that Jesus came to give us. I have spent much time steeped in unforgiveness.
It was ugly. It was sinful. And I regret it.
Thankfully, God does not condemn me. He loves me and has forgiven me. He rejoices that I am now free from that life and am fully embracing all that He has for me. Will people still hurt me? Yes. Will I still be tempted to become bitter and not extend forgiveness? Probably. But I know what that life is like, and I am praying with all that is within me that He will continue to work in me. To build me into something new…into the person He has for me to be, full of love and light, letting go of all bitterness and unforgiveness. To be filled with Jesus.
It begins with forgetting what came before. Will you join me?
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Forget What Came Before
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And I just have to end with this song from Mercy Me. Greater.
Listen to it. Believe it.
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