Forgive and let go
C. S. Lewis wrote, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” Forgiveness is one of the most freeing acts of mankind.
To forgive displays a divine attribute. The scriptures refer to forgiveness in two ways. The Lord commands us to repent of our sins and seek His forgiveness. He also commands us to forgive those who offend or hurt us. In Luke 23:34, Jesus displays the act of forgiving others when he declared “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” To forgive is to pardon, to release from punishment or simply put, to let go. All throughout scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, the word of God admonishes us to forgive.
Not only does the word tell us to forgive, but God left on record the perfect example to show us that when we find ourselves in the worst case scenario, we can still forgive. Regardless of how devastating or disastrous the situation, we can forgive.
Forgiveness is not based on how we feel, what the situation looks like, what they did or how they did it. We are charged to forgive. Some of us may look at the situation and say, you don’t know what they did to me. You don’t understand. They lied on me, cheated on me, they used and abused me all the while laughing in my face and stabbing me in my back. If that’s you, God has given you the grace to forgive.
One thing I’ve discovered while counseling people concerning forgiveness is often times people don’t want to forgive because it requires letting go and moving on. But in order to move to the next level in God, some things are going to have to be left behind.
When I think about letting go and moving forward, I’m reminded of my first automobile. I purchased a Nissan Sentra that had a manual transmission. That meant every time I needed to change gears, I had to do something. In order for me to go from point A to point B, I had to learn how to hold the clutch in, change the gear, and then release the clutch. I quickly learned if I didn’t release the clutch, the car would not continue forward. So therefore, as long as I held the clutch down and kept my foot on it, the car wasn’t able to take me where I needed to go. But when I released the clutch, or in other words, when I let it go…I was able to get to my destination.
That’s what some of us need to do spiritually. We need to take our foot off of it, remove our hands from it and let it go! Jesus prayed “God forgive them for they know not what they do.” I believe if people really knew what they were doing when they sent persecution your way, they would have realized that the persecution only pushed you towards your purpose. The devastations only drew you close to your destiny.
We have to be careful that we don’t hold on to resentment and disappointments. What people did to hurt you really helped you. What they did to hinder you propelled you. What they did to sabotage you only made others celebrate you. So, In the face of adversity, we must cry out with a heart of forgiveness. When we do, it not only frees the one being forgiven, it frees us to. Forgiveness frees us to walk in the call God has for our lives. As you read this writing, my prayer is that it ministers to the broken places in your heart and position you to receive all God has for your life. When we allow the healing power of God to invade our lives, we can then help others experience that same power and move forward in victory, abundance and great success.