Letting it go. How can you let go of something that has impacted your life so much that it causes you to change your lifestyle? Forgiveness causes us to release the past issues we had and move forward. When you are holding onto unforgiveness, it causes a dark cloud to come over your life. As long as you do not forgive and let go, you allow yourself to miss out on the sunshine. It’s like telling God I know you forgive me daily but I cannot forgive them for what they have done to me. If God never forgave us for our sins, we would not be blessed with all of the things we have today. Let it go and forgive. Sometimes we get so tangled up in the past that we get lost there. We do not realize all of the great things that God has blessed us with in our present, because we will not release the things of our past.
When you forgive, it allows you to say yes you hurt me but I will NO LONGER let you have me bound to the past. Never allow someone to take a piece of your mind that does not deserve it. It allows them to get a free space in your heart, mind, and spirit. Unforgiving is like feeding yourself a poisonous meal. It does not harm the other person, but it harms you. The other party is moving on with their life and you’re still stuck on what they had done previously. So who is it really hurting? If you never went through the hurtful things would you really be thankful for the things God has done for you? If you only experienced good times without experiencing bad times would you have the relationship you have with God? God allows things to happen in your life not to hurt you, but to build you. In order for God to build you, you have to come into contact with some obstacles. The obstacles are there to help you not harm you. After you overcome the first obstacle, you can be stronger for the next one. Now it is time for you to forgive not only because God forgives you but for yourself. Stop letting people and situations harm you. Instead, face it. Let it go and forgive. It’s time for you to allow the sunshine in your life in place of those dark clouds.
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:13-15