Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.
This is a sentence I am sure we are all familiar with. When looking in a rear view mirror of a car, you will usually see this message. It tells us that looking behind us, things might be closer than what is actual reality. This is also something that Satan wants us to believe about ourselves. When we look back at our past, instead of seeing the scars, pain, and mistakes fade off into the distance, they are closer than they appear. It is as if we are on a never-ending conveyor belt. Wouldn’t it be so wonderful to watch them fade into the distance until they disappeared? This is possible, but not by our own works. In my own personal life, I have learned forgiveness is so important.
Personally, it is so easy to extend grace and forgiveness to others, but I struggle with extending grace and forgiveness to myself.
So how do we do this? Forgiveness is a basic principle of God. He forgave us so that we can forgive others and ourselves. There are so many verses that tell us we are blameless when we accept Jesus into our lives, but one of my personal favorites is Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” When we accept Jesus into our lives, God extends grace to forgive anything we have done and will do. Why can’t we do the same thing for ourselves? We must realize two things. 1. God is not against us. 2. God is not finished with us. The things we have done or the things that have been done to us could be used as a vessel to glorify Him. He uses the most underestimated, unconventional, unexpected people, so why not you?
One song that I have been obsessed with lately is For King & Country’s, “Burn the Ships”. As they blow up an old sailboat in the music video, the lyrics say, “Don’t let it arrest you, this fear of falling again, it’s time to Burn the ships, cut the ties, send a flare into the night....... step into a new day and don’t you look back.”
Forgiveness is a gift. It is given to us by God. There are no exceptions or expectations to it. He simply gave it to us so that we could be free.
After forgiveness, we receive freedom. Therefore, we must let it go. Whatever was chaining us down to our past must be released into the nothing that it is.
Psalms 34:4-5 says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
This is a promise from God. Those who are delivered from their fears, sin, mistakes, past----- will be radiant and will not be put to shame. So, what is something that you can let go of right now? Where in your life could you use some freedom? Let it go and don’t look back.
Let it fade into that rear view mirror.
Hannah English | Writing Team