Forgiveness Thursday – Let Go of the Past

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Thursday!  It’s a rainy day, but the sun is shining within me.

Have you ever felt like your heart was hard from bad circumstances and rumors?  In my line of work I have to take an unpopular position more often than not.  After 20 years of hearing people say that I wanted to destroy the City that I love very much, I felt very bitter toward many people.  I had seen their ugly side.  I would hear others speak wonderfully about different people I had seen behave with disrespect and insolence.  I couldn’t understand.  I wanted to warn my friends, but you and I both know that never works.  Plus, my friends didn’t have the same experiences for obvious reasons.  So, guess who looked even worse. One night I hit the bottom and went to our church after a late City Commission public meeting where someone I called a friend spoke horribly about me.  I cried and prayed for understanding.

8B3BAD58-DE32-4FB5-8318-A6934FAFC7A9God works in mysterious ways.  As I grew closer to God, studying His word and taking theology classes, he opened opportunities for me.  It’s funny how we think it’s our idea, but it is Him working in our lives.  While many adventures were and still are awaiting, one of the opportunities was to write articles for a local newspaper about businesses in our city.  I would be interviewing some of the same people who had spoken to me with strong language, contempt and anger.  These were the same people who had spread untrue rumors in the community.

When God opens a door, we need to take advantage of the opportunity.  Not long after I began writing weekly articles about local businesses, another newspaper requested my articles.  I even had an opportunity to submit an article to two larger city newspapers.  With my position of not working for the newspaper as a paid writer, I was able to take a different perspective.  My articles are about the people owning and managing the businesses.

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As each person shared their story, my hardened heart understood and felt what they were sharing.  Be careful what you pray for, because some of the stories you simply can’t forget.  I sometimes want to share the stories that are not confidential, but I realize that it might drag down someone else’s heart.  This was my request and I am so thankful.  However, there is another side to understanding and it can be painful.  I also realized I’m really not that much different.  I sin too.

The good news is Paul explains to the people in Phillipi in Phillipians 4:7 that “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  How did Paul know this?  Paul knew from personal experience of persecuting Christians and having an encounter with Christ.

The same holds true today.  We need to forgive ourselves and others.  Ask God to forgive you.  His peace is amazing!

Have a wonderful Thursday.  God bless you.

 

 

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. I was envisioning Paul speaking the Gospel in front of Christian families from which he killed their loved ones while I was reading this, and the forgiving hearts they had to have!

    1. Paul thought he was doing the right thing at the time. He didn’t realize how wrong he was. I’ve been so wrong at times and without a clue. I’m so thankful for God’s peace and forgiveness.

  2. I love that cliche “hurt people hurt people.” That’s usually the case. I have a former Church I attended that I’m still trying to work forgiveness on. They were embracing a false Gospel and I know I am am told in Scripture not to fellowship with such people. And at the same time, the cold shoulders from them hurt so much. I try daily to focus just on pleasing God and I do better at it some days more so than others.

    1. It’s tough to love our neighbors sometimes. I’ve experienced this in my family. I love them, but I’m not with them as much as I would like to be. I don’t condone or condemn. I just try to be loving toward them.

  3. pastorpete51 says:

    Wonderful post and one of my favorite songs!

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