A well known medical Doctor writes: “unresloved emotional pain wreaks havoc on your imune system, cardiac function, hormone levels and other physical functions”. He goes on to say, “we must make peace with our past, because our life may literally depend on it”.
Here are four thoughts in order to help you deal with your past:
1- reframe it. Ask yourself, how did it make me stronger, what did I learn from it, what do I know now that I didn’t back then?
2- break the chains of shame. Shame isn’t feeling bad over what you’ve done, it’s feeling ashamed of who you are. It’s lethal. When God created you in His image He said, “this is very good”. (Genesis 1 v 31)
3-stop the constant dripping of regret. Stop punishing yourself with the ‘if onlys’. In the Bible David said these words, “Happy is the person whose sins are forgiven…whom the Lord does not consider guilty…” (Psalm 32 v 1-2) If you’ve opened your heart to God, and sought His forgiveness, then you have to not only receive His forgiveness, you have to forgive yourself.
4 -move from grief to gain. Healing takes time, so expect some anger, fear and sadness. Don’t disown them and pretend that they don’t exist, they are all part of the healing, however, don’t adopt them either! You have to move on. You can’t move backwards into your future. The future that God has for you is ahead and contains more happiness than any past you can remember.
Psalm 25:7-11 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Isaiah 43:25 ‘I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.’
A daily devotion for a better way of living.