SOURCE: Living Free
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”Philippians 3:12-14 NLT
As we come to Jesus and begin to understand who we are in him, it is time to learn from the past, put it behind and move on ahead. Paul makes it clear in today’s scripture that he is on a journey. He knows he is not perfect, but he determines to forget the past and reach forward–to become all Jesus wants him to be. He is moving the right direction–toward Jesus–and he is not turning back.
That’s where we need to be too. On a journey to Jesus, to accomplishing his purpose for us. If we try to drag the hurts and mistakes of the past along with us on the journey, our progress will be slowed … or come to a stop altogether. We need to give all that baggage to Jesus and receive his healing and forgiveness. We need to keep our eyes on him and run forward.
Are you dragging baggage along as you try to move ahead with Jesus? Painful memories of abuse or other hurts. Unforgiveness. Condemnation. If you have made Jesus Lord of your life, it is time to put all those things behind. You have been made right in God’s sight. You are his child. You are his masterpiece, designed for a purpose.
Join the apostle Paul in putting the past behind and moving forward along the marvelous path God has set before you. He has a good plan for you. Press on!
Father, thank you for your healing and forgiveness. Help me to truly leave my hurts and failures in the past and keep my eyes on Jesus as I move forward along the path you have for me. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Restoring Families: Overcoming Abusive Relationships through Christ by Janet M. Lerner, D.S.W.
SOURCE: Taken from an article by Ron Edmondson
I often wonder if the reason we don’t forgive as we should is because we don’t understand the subject well enough.
Here are 7 things that forgiveness IS:
Letting go of a right to get even – You give up the right for revenge when you forgive someone.
Moving forward – Forgiveness is like saying, “It hurt. I didn’t like it, but I’m moving forward with my life in spite of the pain.”
Dropping resentment and grudge – Forgiveness releases the angst towards the person who did the injury.
A choice – Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it’s a conscious decision made by the injured party.
A step towards healing – Forgiveness releases a weight from the shoulders of the injured, opening the door for emotions to heal.
An opportunity to display grace – There is no greater picture of God’s forgiveness of us than for us to forgive one another.
The removal of a roadblock – Forgiveness removes the barrier between us and living at peace again with ourselves, others, and God.
I know these are difficult. I know some of the pain runs deep. I can’t describe it for you adequately, but I can tell you that forgiveness IS all it’s claims to be. If you truly want to be free of the hold the injury has on your heart, forgive the one who injured you.
SOURCE: Ron Edmondson
Have you ever lost your way? Are there any dreams you’ve given up on? Would you like to begin again?
Here are 10 words of hope to help you recover from a broken dream:
Recharge – Recharge your drained batteries. Read a good book, hang out with someone positive, or attend a conference. Find the way you gain energy.
Rest – Struggles drain us personally. Sometimes we can’t continue until we have an extended period of downtime. You may need a sabbatical.
Reward – Reward yourself for small achievements. You may just need one win to spur you to greater things.
Re-energize – As strange as it sounds, I find exercising to be helpful when I need more energy.
Resist – Push through the pain and resist the temptation to quit. You’ll be surprised how resilient you are if quitting is not an option.
Renew – Renew your passion for the vision you once believed in. It could be the vision of the person you intend to be.
Restart – Invite some change, begin something new or try a different approach. It’s okay to do something completely new!
Reclaim – You had a dream. You believed in it. It had potential. Perhaps you simply need to reclaim what you already had.
Rejoice – Sometimes you need to throw a party…even before you realize the victory. A celebration may give you the motivation to try again.
Remind – People follow a leader. Remind others of their role in achieving their individual dream. Spurring another to victory will energize you.
Here’s the plan:
- Pick the one of these you feel you need the most, write it on an index card, then place it somewhere you’ll see often.
- Invite a friend to hold you accountable.
- Share your story with others in an effort to help another recover.
It’s time. Move forward.