Is your past too dark? Is there anything in your past for which you have never forgiven yourself? Do you have painful regrets? If you believe that your past is too dark, or if you did something long ago of which you are still ashamed and you carry that load upon your heart, let it go! Go to God and, if you have not asked His forgiveness, do, He will abundantly pardon! And then, forgive yourself and go on, free!
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14.
"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.
"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." Isaiah 43:25.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1.
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." Ephesians 6:10.
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31.
"The blessing of God is a healing power, and those who are abundant in benefiting others will realize that wondrous blessing in both heart and life." Mind, Character and Personality, Vol. 1, page 60.
"Hard words beat upon the heart through the ear, awakening to life the worst passions of the soul and tempting men and women to break God's commandments. . . .Words are as seeds that are planted." Ibid. page 518.
Some people carry with them through their lives the memory of hateful words that were spoken to them, even in childhood. They resent the cruelty of those words and carry a painful burden that makes their lives bitter. Those burning words, spoken so long ago, and perhaps completely forgotten by the person who spoke them, have been recalled over and over again, until the soul is bowed down with trauma.
If you have had such an experience, let it go! Release it to the Lord and let Him take care of it and of those who hurt you. Go free in the grace of a loving Savior!
"For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness." Psalm 107:9
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." Psalm 42:1.
"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him." Psalm 62:5.
"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.' Psalm 63;1.
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