Making peace with your past is not difficult at all. It may seem like it is, but I promise you it is not very hard. It all boils down to you making one choice after another. That's it. You make one choice. Let me make it easy for you to make that one choice.
First, you know you have not been perfect. You have sinned. You have hurt someone. You have done things to others that were not right. Maybe you did not exactly abuse them; maybe you are thinking it was more neglect. Neglect is also abuse. My point to this is to tell you that you are not a victim. We are all in this world together. We have all experienced the abuse of someone in one way or another but that does not have to label us as victims does it? The other part to this victim mentality is that you have victimized or harmed others. This means there is someone out there who needs to forgive you for what you did to them.
Second, our Heavenly Father lets us know, and does not beat around the bush about it, that we must forgive others. Our own forgiveness is based on us forgiving others. Read what Matthew scribed for us, "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:14-15) If you want peace in your life, forgive.
Thirdly, when you forgive it is a choice. You choose to be obedient to your Lord and Master. He actually instills within us the ability to forgive even the worst of offenders. Why? Because of His love for us. He loves you. He wants you to be forgiven. If you hold on to your unforgiveness, desiring revenge or restitution in your heart, you will never walk in freedom or peace.
Lastly, forgiveness releases blessings in your life. Emotionally, (releases negative energy), spiritually, (releases you from your own bondage), mentally, (releases negative feelings), and physically (releases tension and pent up toxins). So you can see how beneficial it is to forgive someone. Not only that, other benefits, like improved relationships, and many times a 'face-lift'. Yes, face-lift. Forgiving and releasing the negativity in your life makes you look and feel younger.
Make peace with your past today. Release those who have sinned against you by making a choice to be obedient to God's instructions concerning forgiveness. Do it for yourself. Not for them. You can walk in peace and freedom.
I am more than happy to help you work on this if you need me. Call and make an appointment. You will leave me free blessed. Call the Healing Center at 936-221-0838.
Much love to all,
Cindy Hyde, MAEd specializes in soul care. She is an author, teacher, Ordained Minister, Pastoral Counselor, Professional Life Coach, wife, mother, grandmother and CEO/Founder of The East Texas Healing Center (a hospital for the soul).