Letting go of the past to free your heart for the future

Written by on January 8, 2013

Nancey West         How does God see us when we’ve blown it with ourselves? Today’s guest blogger, author and speaker Nancey West, shares insights on self-directed grace.

          “There is one person that fails to meet my expectations. As soon as I claim to forgive her, I am reminded of her past injustices accompanied with all the pain. I am willing to forgive others but hold her to a higher standard. Why? Because she is me.

          “Why is it easier to forgive others than to forgive ourselves?  Forgiving our own faults or mistakes is just as important as forgiving others. Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

          “God is ready and willing to forgive you. He is waiting for you to forgive yourself and give Him your pain. Your past is what made you who you are today. How you deal with the past will determine who you are in the future. When you hold on to situations from your past they become obstacles that can block blessings from God.

          “It is not easy to face painful issues that have left deep scars on your life. But it is necessary in order to heal. And healing can only come when you truly forgive yourself. You may not forget but you need to forgive. Letting go of the past frees your heart for the future.

          “I know from my own struggles that forgiving is a process. It didn’t happen in one magical moment. Each time guilt and shame begins to stir in me I ask God and myself for forgiveness.

          “Be kind to yourself and forgive your human errors so you can completely experience God’s love and forgiveness.”

Nancey West
Website: www.nanceywest.com
Blog:  http://nanceywest.com/blog/

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Thank you, Nancey. I love that God is God of the 5,000th chance!
Readers, what’s the best thing to say to yourself when you’ve blown it?

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