It's Okay Let It Go

Helen Thomas By Helen Thomas, 19th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1594f6oe/
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Most of us have committed some type of idiotic or blatantly wrongful act of some kind at one time or another. Initially most of us may not have realized just how terribly ridiculous the act was. It was as if we were held ~ to a certain extent ~ in bondage and darkness by evil forces.

Then ~ by the grace of God ~ we heard the Good News and called on the Name of the Lord. He heard our cry, took us in and forgave us.

The Power Of Forgiveness

Sure ~ it is hurtful but do not allow bitterness and resentment to consume you.

There is power in forgiveness. So ~ now is an excellent time to forgive any person ~ alive or deceased ~ who has ever harmed you ~ or your loved ones ~ in any way.


Forgiveness empowers one to pray more effectively

Guard Your Heart Above All Else


Instead of continuing to think about what your offender did to you, think more about the merciful kindness ~ that God has shown to you.

Proverbs 4:23 says:

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.

Then ~ Proverbs 17:22 shares this interesting perspective:

A cheerful heart is good like a medicine ~ but ~ a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Never Take Revenge

It Is Simply Not Worth It

Revenge is the act of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands.

In Our Creator's Wonderful Book of Teaching on Life and Love, we find this admonition in the New Testament Book of Romans in Chapter 12, Verse 19:

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

Make The Lord Your Refuge

But how and why should we do that?

Scripture tells us in Psalm 91 that

If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;

He will order his angels
to protect you.

Keep The Right Focus


Don't be afraid of what others might say to you ~ when they hear that you have forgiven your offender of some atrocity. No need to fear. The Bible is for our benefit and is meant to be for every day use.

Even if the offence keeps coming back into your mind OVER AND OVER, endeavor to ~ not dwell on it.

Instead ~ Meditate on this: "Whatever is pure, Whatever is lovely. Whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things."
Philippians 4

Remind yourself that you have forgiven the person. It's important that we realize forgiveness is not a synonym for trust.. Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a decision.

Reminder: Faith will not work in an unforgiving heart ~ and ~ without faith, it is impossible to please God.







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author avatar Bets
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Hi Helen, I have read your new article and can relate to what you wrote. I love the verses you chose to amplify the meaning thereof ~ "Proverbs 4:23 says:

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life." The Holy Bible.
That's good enough for me! :)
Thnx for sharing your insight about forgiveness, etc. Smiles, (and God bless you!)
Bets

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author avatar Helen Thomas
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment ~ Bets. I appreciate your support.

Forgiveness is not exactly an easy thing to do. However ~ once the decision to do so has been made and the task has been accomplished, a refreshing can be one of the results.

Blessings to you.

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author avatar brendamarie
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Helen, many people find it easy to forgive others but not themselves. This is a great article.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Brenda ~ for your comment. That is an interesting perspective and I agree with you that many people seem unable to forgive themselves.

Blessings to you.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Johnnydod ~ for your quick moderation. I appreciate it.

Blessings.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Always a worthy subject to read about and act upon over and over dear Helen .
I was always taught that Forgiveness is an act of the will ...not dependent on feelings , or we may never do it ...and it is so true ..When we choose to forgive regardless of how we ' Feel ' it is amazing how the feelings of unforgiveness start to evaporate , and any thoughts of revenge or dislike are soon gone ... that is my experience at least .
God bless you my friend today and always
Stella ><

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author avatar Helen Thomas
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Stella ~ for your much appreciated comments.

For years and years and more years ~ regrettably ~ I found it most difficult to forgive others or myself.

Clearly this a touchy ~ controversial if you will ~ area for probably thousands upon thousands of people. I have heard well rounded, well meaning people boldly say "I will. never forgive him/her." "I hope they rot in Hell."

I believe that when we allow our feelings to control our actions, we can possibly wreak havoc in families for generations to come.

Blessings dear Stella.

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author avatar pramalkumarsamanta
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing a nice post.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings!

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author avatar Karen Pringle
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Sis Helen, this is absolutely so true!! I love it and must thank you for this and all your posts. <3 You are so anointed and I love you~~~

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author avatar Helen Thomas
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Karen ~ for your kind and encouraging comments. I so appreciate it. Love you too ~ my sister.

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Jun 2015 (#)

thank you so much for this uplifting piece. I really needed to hear it at this time

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author avatar Helen Thomas
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Carol ~ for reading and commenting. I'm glad you found the post uplifting.

I am a firm believer that as we trust God ~ with our whole heart ~ and ~ obey Him ~ to the best of our enlightenment, He will take care of that which concerns us.

Obviously we do not know how ~ and ~ we may not know when ~ but ~ I think ~ we all need to realize that He is able to do infinitely more than we dare ask, think, or imagine.

Blessings and the peace of God to you ~ Carol.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Good highlight, thanks Helen.

We have to play many roles in life even as a cannon fodder at times! Sometimes, we are at the wrong place at the wrong time!

I have been the brunt of intolerable and unjust behavior and then I take it that the Creator has chosen me for a reason to take it on my chin!

I forgive as otherwise I will be punishing myself again and again but forgetting is not that easy! siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
25th Jun 2015 (#)

So true ~ Siva ~ when we refuse to forgive, we are in effect punishing ourselves. As you stated: forgetting is not be that easy.

I do believe ~ however ~ that as we continuously ~ on purpose ~ reflect on the goodness of God, the memory of the offence becomes less consuming.

Thanks for your support ~ Siva. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jun 2015 (#)

Another good post my friend. I have always felt that forgiveness was very important. Holding a grudge hurts only ourselves. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
26th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Kingwell. I appreciate your comment.

Someone has said that holding a person in unforgiveness is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Blessings to you my friend.

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