Community: One thing God has been teaching me about is forgiveness. Forgiving those that have hurt me, asking God to forgive me for those I have hurt and letting go of my past. – @cocotrishv

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV: For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

In order to grow, you’ve got to let go. This is one of the biggest things I’ve learned in growing as a leader. Many things internally will try to hold you back including unforgiveness. No matter who you are and what you may have as far as earthly possessions, no one can escape experiencing someone doing you wrong. We all have had it happen and it is not just a one time event. Our lives are filled with people and the relationships that we have with them.

It’s not easy to let things go especially when many of these things have been traumatic or life changing. I always seem to refer back to lessons my parents have taught me. My father was teaching about loving others and relationships. He said that faith-based forgiveness is not possible outside of our Spirit. Let me break this down further. It’s impossible to forgive someone in your flesh because our flesh isn’t capable of this. We have to use the power of God’s love as our way of forgiveness. Your flesh will rehearse over and over what they did to you and it creates more emotional brokenness. However, when you filter things through God’s love, it doesn’t mean that you are doing the following:

  • Allowing them back into your life
  • Letting them have the same position in your life as before
  • Disregarding boundaries that are now necessary due to their past actions
  • Letting people walk over you like a doormat

Forgiveness is about letting go of the attachment to what they’ve done so that it won’t hold you back from moving forward in what God wants you to do. That’s what forgiveness is about. I had to learn that I couldn’t keep rehearsing what they did to me because it was holding my heart hostage. It didn’t mean that I should forget either because ignorance will allow you to let people do the same thing over and over to you again. However, I did need to release these things out of my heart. Why? I can’t be led by God when I’m still addicted to what someone did to me. I was more focused on what they did versus focusing on my healing and not allowing a person to have such power over my life. 

I’ve talked to many people who to this day still blame someone else for why they haven’t progressed in life. Do you know that God is more powerful than any man? The fact that we give man so much power is mind blowing but many times we are so deep in our lives that we don’t even realize. God’s plans for your life can not be contained or cancelled by man. We have to trust God that despite of what man does to us that God is the GREATEST power. 

You will rise and WIN! It’s time to WAKE UP to God’s hand on your life and WIN!

Wake Up & Win Confession: Good Morning, Holy Spirit. I thank you for giving me a heart of forgiveness. Thank you for cleansing my heart of what is not like You. I thank you that You are helping me to heal from the brokenness of what others have done to me. I thank You that I receive Your love that You have for me. Your love helps me to love others not through my flesh but through my Spirit. I forgive those who have done wrong to me. In Matthew 6, you said that if I do not forgive then you will not forgive me. I walk in obedience according to Your Word. Your Word is healing to my heart and freedom to my life. I thank You that I am free from the bondage of unforgiveness. I thank You that my mind is renewed and thinks good thoughts and focuses on the future that You have for me.

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