Ephesians 4:32, the Bible says, “Be compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (NIV1984).
At one time or another, we have all struggled with letting go of the past. This resonates even deeper if emotions were tied to a specific incident. We have all held on to things that have crippled, consumed, and literally sucked the life out of us. Betrayals, regrets, bad choices, emotional, and even physical hurt generally make up the past’s lexicon. More often than not, for many, the past is usually married to un-forgiveness. Like misery attracts company, the past walks hand-in-hand with un-forgiveness. Maybe at one time in your life someone broke your heart leaving you to scramble to put the pieces back together, or you faced betrayal’s sting in the worst possible fashion. For Christians and non-Christians alike, hurt, and primarily un-forgiveness unflinching aura has a way of scarring us to the point where the future seems like a distant uncertainty. In fact, one writer described un-forgiveness as “spiritual poison.” Getting past clouds of pain and emotional torment to see the light of forgiveness on a hill becomes more of an illusion than reality.
Like many, I know how challenging un-forgiveness and letting go of the past can be. I know what it’s like to look betrayal, hurt, and frustration in the eye. As depicted in The Lion King, un-forgiveness for ourselves and others will always plague us until we finally let go. While chants of “Hakuna Matata,” as highlighted in the popular animated movie does nothing to relinquish this burden, we can only let go of the past once we submit to forgiveness. Bearing the burden of un-forgiveness follows men even in their dying days. In Ephesians 4:32, the Bible says, “Be compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (NIV1984).
For many, a scripture such as this has no meaning because even the most powerful literature ever written has little effect if we haven’t reached a place of brokenness to forgive and let go. Sometimes scripture makes forgiveness seem easier said than done right? Off course; however, there isn’t a writing on a wall, a self-help book, or a motivational speaker that can persuade you to forgive. When we get hurt, our heart’s undeniable fragility leaves us hardened, and often as cold as ice. For some, not even love can penetrate this icy exterior because the walls we build hold off anything and everyone. Like the burning desire to love and be loved, we all know that we should forgive. Even though it’s written on the tablets of our conscience, only a broken heart can lead to such an epic conclusion. Unless the Lord breaks this hardened shell and softens our hearts as he declares in Ezekiel 36:26, we will always wallow in our past hurts with this immense cloud hovering over us.
To be concluded…, blessings by Kefa