When it comes to wrestling with your past, is it about learning how to forget what happened? If that is the case this will mean you will no longer allow the past to affect you moving forward.
Where are you able to find joy in your life regardless of your past?
- Self-Worth – Are you confident in your worth or your abilities?
- Spiritual Life – What are your abilities in order to serve others?
- Morals – Were you raised in a family that taught you about morals; a lesson, especially one concerning what is right or prudent, that can be derived from a story, a piece of information, or an experience?
- New Creation – Have you accepted Christ into your life?
- Achievements – What ways are you able to find and build upon your achievements?
- Volunteer – Have you considered volunteering in an area you are passionate about?
Sometimes we look to our past successes as a source of happiness and a way to feel good about ourselves. When we should be thankful for how our Lord has helped each of us.
Eventually, we will begin to experience joy.
Have You Forgiven Your Offender?
It is impossible to go through life without being hurt. Our hurt may happen because of the choice we have made to do something we shouldn’t be doing. We may even get involved with someone who may hurt us because of their poor choices or their own upbringing.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Sometimes the pain we feel from the past can linger into the present, affecting the way we feel about ourselves, others and the Lord.
The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
Sometimes it seems like we will never live down the mistakes of our past. Our sins seem too large, or we may even think we have exhausted God’s forgiveness.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Because of our past, we see ourselves as failures and unworthy of grace.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely, he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Good News Regarding Your Past
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.