“Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about
the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the
very thing which keeps you from hope and love?”
~Leo Buscaglia (Author known as “Dr. Love”)
We all make mistakes.
We are only human after all.
There are minor mistakes that we make when we are children and teenagers that we like to call “learning experiences”. The consequences aren’t very high. We learn from those mistakes and move on with our life. No harm done.
Then there are mistakes we make that take a lifetime to get over. Mistakes that have major consequences for ourselves or others. Mistakes that hurt others unintentionally. Or that have great impact and we have to live with for the rest of our lives.
Whatever the mistake, great or small, sometimes it takes time to forgive ourselves. We may beat ourselves up over the situation. Dwelling on it. The mistake consumes us. We think it defines us. Forgiving others can be easier than forgiving ourselves. Why is that?
The big question is how do we accept the mistakes we have made in the past? How do we stop punishing ourselves and let go of our past mistakes? Where do we find hope and forgiveness?
The answer is actually simple if we know where to look. Forgiveness is a gift from God through Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for us. God’s love is never limited by your past mistakes. Repent and the slate is wiped clean. Look what He did to Moses, a murderer. He turned Moses into a great and compassionate leader who lead the Israelites out of slavery. He can do the same for you.
1 Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
Psalm 31:1-2 NLT
Paul said, “I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13 (NLT).
Is that what you have been doing? Or, have you been manipulated and controlled by your past mistakes or transgressions?
The key to letting go and forgiving yourself? Take Paul’s advice. Let it go. Give it all to God. Confess your sins, wrongdoings, and mistakes. He will forgive you, and you, in turn, can forgive yourself. You can stop living in the past and ultimately get on with living your future.
By Jeri Stunkard at Got2HaveFaith.