We’ve all experienced being hurt: the bitter pain of a broken relationship, being blamed for someone else’s mistake or perhaps having been abused. Our natural reaction is to take matters in our own hands and come up with a way to retaliate. Ephesians 4:31-32 tells us to take a different route: “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” In short: Let it go and forgive.
Not letting the hurt go means you’re holding on to it and therefore it’s still in your “hands”. Not letting it go is like holding on to a rope which is connected to the source of your hurt. Every time you think about the hurt it reignites the pain and the emotions. Not letting it go also means you’re stuck in your past, causing you to miss out on the course God laid out for you to finish!
Letting it go means to give it over to God allowing Him to work it out. He knows everything: He knows what happened, how it happened and He has a solution for your situation. He’ll take care of it. He’s in control when everything is out of control. Imagine this: the moment you let go of that “rope”, your hands become “free”; now you’re in a position to receive what God’s been waiting to bless you with. You can’t receive a gift while holding onto something else. So, forgive those who hurt you, let it go and step into God’s awesome future for your life.