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Forgiveness: The Art of Letting Go

The cold north wind has brought snow in May.  Old man winter makes one last appearance before his curtain call.  He seems determined to upstage lady spring in all her array by dropping quarter size hail and several inches of powder on the new born blossoms outside my window.  The robins and the squirrels scurry up the trees and find shelter from the storm.  I make my way outside to do an emergency shut-off of my sprinkler system so that my pipes won’t freeze.

Photo: © Christina Dawson

When things freeze over, there is trouble.  I try to make it a point to avoid pain, loss and suffering when able;  as I’m sure you do too.  However, sometimes the change is subtle, so subtle that we don’t even know the season is changing.  Take for instance, matters of the heart;  sometimes the cold north wind begins to blow, hurt and offense like a freezing rain fall across the tundra of our hearts, when we refuse to acknowledge the problem and deal with it, what happens?  It freezes over and gets hard.   So often, we don’t even realize what is happening.  We just become cold and distant, frustrated and confused.  These are the warning signs.

Jesus talks a lot about forgiveness.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice to pay for our sin debt on the Cross and wants His children to live in Freedom.  This freedom is not just the ability to be able to say “No” to sin, but “Yes” to righteousness, extending that forgiveness to others.  Sometimes though, it’s not other people we have a problem with, it’s ourselves.  How hard is it to forgive yourself?  Do you hold onto your past, your sins, your failures like a drowning man to a life preserver?  Do you struggle to let things go?

We know that Jesus forgave all our sins by shedding His blood for us.  When we receive the free gift of salvation by faith, we come back into a right relationship with God.  Jesus paid for our sin debt at Calvary,  in return, He gave us His righteousness.  Many of us who call ourselves Christians can attest to that;  however, even though we may accept that God has forgiven us, how many of us have forgiven ourselves?  Sometimes we hold onto guilt and shame and refuse to let it go  –  but let it go we must.   “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1).

Photo:Jean Beaufort

God wants us to live in freedom, that’s why He came.  If we continue to hold onto the past and our sins we will not reach our full potential in Christ.  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” said Jesus  (John 10:10).  I’ve spent far too many years holding on to the past because I couldn’t quite forgive myself.  I had to “let it go,” because I knew Jesus loved me and wanted the best for my life.  I knew He would never be able to live His life through me, if I kept holding onto the past and my sins.

What do you need to “let go” of today?  Do you need to forgive yourself?  God has a plan for your life and wants the best for you.  What do you need to take to the Cross today?  Stop living in bondage and start walking in the freedom that Christ gave you.