You Are Not Your Past
Your Past Doesn’t Define Your Future.
Our past can be so painful, that when we hear that song….you know, that one song, or when we see someone who caused us pain, it can “triggers” us into that dark place again. The pain is deep and it’s real. It’s as real today, as it was then and we feel it as if were happening now.
While pain is normal, sometimes that pain lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over, and have a hard time letting go.
Pain can cause us to be unhappy and depressed and long-term, can strain or ruin relationships, distract us from work and family and other important things. Pain make us reluctant to open up to new things and open up to people in a way that is transparent. We get trapped in a cycle of anger and hurt, and miss out on the beauty of life as it happens. We are slaves to the past only by our choosing. For it is only by unwillingness do we refuse to let the past remain there.
If we don’t get over the past we cannot move forward. We must deal with the past and give it to our Heavenly Father who has the power to truly forgive. We can’t do it in our own strength, but only His. Jesus takes our past pain IF we let Him have it and through His power, start to heal us.
It seems complex, yet so simple to get rid of, but it’s not either one and it is ultimately, our choice to forgive which may take time.
Do you want to get over that painful past? Do you want to heal?
Forgiveness can change your life. Forgiveness does not mean that you erase the past, or forget what has happened. It does not even mean the other person will change his or her behavior — you cannot control that. All it means is that YOU are letting go of the anger and pain, and moving on to a better place. You are choosing not to live in that hurt anymore.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” – John 8:36.
Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”
Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”
“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.
Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”
Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”
“That’s right,” Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.
“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?”
And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” – Luke 7:36-50 (NLT)
Each one of us is the woman whose mistakes and wrongs are forgiven. We ALL have a past and we are ALL broken.
Do you want to forgive, repent and ask Jesus for forgiveness? Why wait? Do it today.
“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
~ Written by, Julie Shrader