Release the Hurts of the Past!
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“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” Matthew 6:14-15 (The Message)
As you go through life you will discover this fact: you will be hurt by others. Sometimes that hurt is intentional, sometimes unintentional. How you deal with that hurt determines your happiness. If you choose to bottle up that hurt in your life and hold onto it – that is called resentment. If somebody hurt you along time ago and you are still holding on to that pain, it will poison your life. For your own health and happiness, you must learn to forgive.
As we read this passage in Matthew we find that we should forgive and be forgiven. In fact, Jesus says “You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.” (Matthew 6:15). They are connected. This conversation reminds me of the story where someone told John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, “I just can’t forgive that person! They hurt me too badly.” Wesley’s response was, “Then I hope you never sin.”
For your own sake, let go of the past. If somebody hurt you, let go of it, release them. That is one of the great benefits of prayer. It helps you unload. Forgiveness is the only way to get rid of the burden of the past. Forgive them and let it go. Get on with life. Forgiveness erases the tape of that hurt memory that keeps playing over and over in your mind. Don’t continue to bring the past hurts into your present life.
When we let go of our hurts and forgive others, we are reflecting the grace of our heavenly Father who forgave us and continues to forgive us. It means we have given God our love; we have given God our lives; and, in doing that, we worship God.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.