The following is a guest blog post by Charlie Tinsley. Charlie is currently studying for a Bachelors of Science and Religion to carry into Christian Ministry. He is married and lives in Virginia. Please feel free to follow his material at his blog, Carry Your Cross.
Forgiveness is a central theme in Christianity. It is one concept that is hard to live. We constantly fight this battle between our emotions and our day to day lives. The problem is that the battle we are fighting has already been fought and won by God and through Jesus.
There are two main kinds of forgiveness we encounter in our day to day lives. These two types of forgiveness are the forgiveness of ourselves and the forgiveness of others. But these battles don’t have to run your life.
One of the hardest things for us to do is to forgive ourselves. Often times the events that replay in our minds are events from out past. In order to forgive ourselves, we must realize that we are human beings. We are broken, flawed, and incapable of perfection. Because of our inability to be perfect, our choices always run the chance of being wrong. Especially if we don’t have God in them.
Don’t harp on things that have already occurred. The past is done. Life does not go backwards. We must remember that things we have done in our past do not always define who we are. When we live in the past, we are robbing ourselves of our present and future. We cannot live that way.
Our lives are precious and temporary. We are each put on this earth to fulfill a purpose. That purpose cannot be fulfilled if we are living in the past. Whatever you have done that has you held back in life belongs in the past where it occurred. Each time we make these mistakes that hold us up, we need to look at them positively. We learn from each setback and every action we have in our lives. The only way for us to grow is by making mistakes and making improvements based on them.