Four Ways to Forgive the Past and Move Forward by God’s Grace

from Servants of Grace By Matthew Fretwell

Marriage“Why do I constantly have to defend my past every time we get in an argument?”

“You Always bring up her name when I do one little thing wrong!”

“I told you already, that was the past, that’s not who I am.”

These are statements that unfortunately are all too true among insecure and unhealthy marriages and relationships. If you’re in a relationship with jealousy, envy, insecurity, or trust issues then having a partner forgive your past failures may be difficult. Whether we are the offending party, or the one who is having the difficult time forgiving a past hurt, as disciples of Christ, we must have a healthy view of what forgiveness is and how we are to apply it.

If you’re struggling with forgiving someone, you’re not alone. Actually, un-forgiveness is one of the more common reasons why believers have their prayers hindered and why they can never engage their faith wholly. The deep scars of language, abuse, neglect, or cheating is something that time just doesn’t heal. It was a question which plagued the disciple of Christ. Matt 18:21-22, “Then Peter came up and said to [Jesus], ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”


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