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1057th -- Let The Past Be Past


We should always have a forgiving heart no matter who the offender is and 
no matter what the offense was. We must always remember and keep in mind 
that we have all fallen short at one time or another and just as we've 
sought and received forgiveness for our trespasses, we should also be 
quick to forgive those who have trespassed against us. We can't go around 
pointing our finger at others when we have three fingers pointing back at 
us. We must remember that self-righteousness does nothing to bring about 
healing and wholeness. By thinking that we can't forgive others because 
their offense was too great, we are placing ourselves in a position higher 
than God Almighty because He forgives us of our iniquities, but we can't 
forgive others of their iniquities. Thinking in a self-righteous way is 
detrimental to our own well-being.

By harboring unforgiveness in our hearts we are in effect allowing a 
disease and a sickness that if left dormant within our being will 
eventually kill us. Unforgiveness is a disease much like cancer. It will 
enter into us and if we don't do our part to get rid of it then just like 
cancer it will grow, it will multiply and it will eventually kill us. Why 
allow a simple thing like unforgiveness to ruin your life. I call it a 
simple thing because it is easy to get past the past. You simply must 
recognize that forgiveness is to your benefit just as much as it is to 
that one who brought the offense. When we forgive others, we are not 
condoning their actions, but we are accepting that we love ourselves much 
more than to allow that offense to steal our joy, our peace and our livelihood.

See that it is within your ability to forgive every wrong that has been 
done against you. You can forgive the offense, move past it wholeheartedly
and continue living your life to its fullest potential. Do what is 
necessary for your own betterment. If you love and value your family, 
your spouse, your children and even your health then you will do what is 
necessary to move on from any past hurts and you will live your life in 
joy, in harmony, in peace and most importantly in love. I pray that you 
will love yourself enough to forgive every person for their every shortfall
and allow healing to take place within your heart. You will find a new 
freedom and a refreshed sense of peace when you rest in forgiveness.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to do all that you 
can move past every hurt and rest in the goodness that comes with forgiveness.


Is it difficult for you to forgive? To let the past be past? It is for me. 
Nearly impossible sometimes. I'm a little like the elderly Virginian woman 
who lived to see her beloved Richmond occupied by Union troops after the 
American Civil War. The matron was walking down a Richmond street when she 
tripped over a step and fell. A Union soldier courteously helped her up.

“How very kind of you, young man,” she said acidly. “If there is a cool 
spot in hell, I hope you get it.”

Maybe it was still a bit early for her to let go of those deep-seated 
resentments. But angry and bitter lives are never happy lives.

A beautiful legend tells of an African tribe that ritualizes forgiveness. 
When a tribe member acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he or she is taken to 
the center of the village. All work ceases and every man, woman and child 
in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused. Then the 
tribe bombards the rejected person with affirmations! One at a time, 
friends and family enumerate all the good the individual has done. Every 
incident, every experience that can be recalled with some detail and 
accuracy is recounted. All their positive attributes, strengths and 
kindnesses are recited carefully and at length. Finally, the tribal circle 
is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the outcast is welcomed 
back into the tribe.

What a beautiful ritual of restoration! They replace hurt with happiness; 
pain with peace. Once again they are family. The rejected one is restored 
and the village is made whole.

Paul Boese has said, “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does 
enlarge the future.” As brothers and sisters in our global village is 
letting go of those resentments really an option?

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Matthew 5:43-45 Jesus says,
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou 
shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love 
your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, 
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye 
may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His 
sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and 
on the unjust.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15 “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but 
ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”

Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says,
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your 
heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their 
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Romans 12:17-21 “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest 
in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live 
peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather 
give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, 
saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, 
give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Colossians 3:12-15 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and 
beloved bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, 
longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any 
man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of 
perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which 
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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