Let It Go 1: The Grudge
The more you hold a grudge, the more the grudge has a hold on you.
At some point in all of our lives, we will come face-to-face with a very tough decision—whether or not to forgive. And while sometimes the idea of getting revenge seems right in the moment, in the long run, the only person it truly hurts is us. So if holding on to a grudge isn’t the best thing for us, what are we supposed to do? And who is ultimately responsible for making it right?
Let It Go 2: It’s Not Fair
Forgiven people forgive.
Romans 5:8; Romans 6:10; Colossians 3:13
We all want forgiveness. And—at one point or another—we all need it. But we aren’t always as willing to give it out as we are to accept it. Thankfully, the Bible tells us that God doesn’t measure our sins to see what is forgivable and what isn’t. He doesn’t say, “yes” to some things and “no” to others. So, if God is able to forgive every offense, what does it look like for us to do the same? What does it look like for us to take the forgiveness we have received and pass it on to other people who don’t deserve it—other people just like us?
Let It Go 3: Little Brother
Healing means I trust God can make my life, not just my pain, a demonstration of His goodness.
Genesis 37:3; Genesis 45:4-5
You have chosen to forgive. And you’ve actually done it! At least, you think you have, until the same old feelings come creeping up all over again. And suddenly, the freedom of letting go becomes more about coping than actually forgiving and moving on. So what do we do to move past coping to actually healing? How do we put our pain in the right perspective—God’s—so we can truly forgive and let it go?