Getting Rid Of The Past
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
We have all had disappointments in our past; we have been hurt, and had times when life has not treated us fairly. These times are difficult to let go of, and haunt our memories. They take away our joy and happiness, because we cannot forget about them and rid ourselves of these memories. God tells us throughout the Bible to let go of the past and to live for today. There is nothing that we can do to change what has happened to us in the past, and recalling the memory of these times will only take away our joy for today. We need to get rid of the bitterness, rage and anger, and as God commands forgive any who have wronged us in any way. We should never hold anger against anyone but must forgive them. If we can only learn to forgive those who have wronged us we will be able to relieve ourselves of this bitterness and we will be on the road to living a happier life. I have always used the approach of not wanting to talk about the disappointments in my life or even think about them. There is nothing I can do that will change them and talking and thinking about them will only make me sad and unhappy. I do not want my life to be one of reflecting on the past but to be one of planning for the future. I cannot change the past, but I can change my future by focusing on the good things that are to come in my life and doing things that are good in the present.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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