Letting Go of the Past

By: gmacomics

Aug 04 2008

Category: quiet time

3 Comments

How to Let Go of Past Hurts
by Rick Warren

Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19 (NLT)

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First, relinquish your right to get even. Leave that up to God; he’ll take care of it (Romans 12:19). I’ve been married for thirty years and I’m ashamed to say, I’ve hurt my wife many times. But after thirty years, we’re still together and more in love than ever before. Why? Because it’s not hurt that destroys relationships, it’s an unwillingness to forgive. We’re human; we’re going to hurt each other. But the question is, will you give up your right to get even? And will you offer forgiveness? When you do, any hurt can be overcome.

Second, respond to evil with good. How can you tell when you’ve released somebody, when you’ve completely forgiven them? You can actually pray for God to bless the person who hurt you. The Bible says we should overcome evil with good, praying for those who hurt us (Romans 12:21; Matthew 5:44).

Third, repeat these steps as long as necessary. Forgiveness is rarely a one-time shot. When somebody hurts you, we tent to think about it over and over and over. How often do you have to forgive the person? The Apostle Peter once asked Jesus, “‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times’” (Mathew 18:21-22 NIV). In other words, it needs to be continual, limitless; we shouldn’t even try to count the times we forgive, just as Jesus doesn’t count the times he forgives us.

Fourth, begin telling others about God’s forgiveness. The Bible says, “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NLT).

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3 comments on “Letting Go of the Past”

  1. These steps are not easy to achieve, in fact they’re very, very, very difficult. But each one of us has to strive to keep our relationship with other people:)

  2. I read your blog “Letting go of the past” and i must say that you really enlighten me. I have alot of issues in my life and you really really help me to see the way to lift that heavy load on my back. I will try and forwad your blog to my very bestist friends and must importantly i will try to practise the ways of our Lord God.

    Thank you an my god bless you a thousand times again and again.

    Anna

  3. hi anna, probably this is the reason of all the context i have in my office email address, God wants me to put the message letting go of the past is because He wants you and everyone who had also experience hurtful past situations just like me to understand the reality of accepting that whatever storms and waves we encounter in our life, life must go on.

    remember there’s more to this life than what we expected. God may have probably been speaking to us but because we are way too busy with our social lives we unintendedly missed these messages.

    im happy someone has learn a lot from this little site i put up. God bless always. if you have more queries you can add me up at fster or ym. name’s jhum.

    jhum_chua@yahoo.com


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