When Guilt Consumes You

I believe we are solely the only ones that have the power to let the past go and move forward with our lives. Only we can ultimately free ourselves. No one can do this for us. We can talk about it and pray about it, but ultimately if we still cling to the things that we want to rid ourselves of then it does us no good to continue talking about our pain. If we want to be set free and take control of our lives and destiny once again, then it’s imperative that we work on forgiving ourselves.

It shouldn’t matter what others may say to remind us of our past mistakes. We all have reasons for existence and I can assure you that it’s not to stay stuck and stifled in a situation that is dead and gone. Why remain stuck, when you can’t go back in time and make it disappear. Yes, we can learn from those situations that transpired in our lives and work on not back tracking to repeat the same mistakes, but we can’t undo what’s already been done. We must come to a place to apologize, forgive, and learn to let it completely go.

Why should I Forgive?

We forgive, if we are wise, not for the other person, but for ourselves. We forgive, not to erase a wrong, but to relieve the residue of the wrong that is alive within us. We forgive because it is less painful than holding on to resentment. We forgive because without it we condemn ourselves to repeating endlessly the very trauma or situation that hurt us so. We forgive because ultimately it is the smartest action to take on our own behalf. We forgive because it restores to us a sense of inner balance.

To forgive and let go are part of coming of age, of taking one’s life into one’s own hands, of accepting life for what it is and is not, and living it, one day at a time, with choice. One day we observe that something that was there is gone and that we are free to move on. Move on.

Psalm 30:2 “O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”

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