"For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. It is all God's work" ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
One of the hardest things in life is to let go of old hurts. It serves as a stumbling block to overcoming the event, and the ability to practice grace and forgiveness.
By holding on to such things, it begins to eat away at us, until we become so trapped that the only option is to lash out, or seek revenge.
Sometimes our hurt isn't actually even ours. How many times have we made a choice based on someone else's bad experience?
Holding people's faults against them often creates a situation that cannot be healed. Paul shares: "For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. It is all God's work" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).
Indeed, we cannot let go of old hurts, but God can. That's what renewal, reconcilliation, and forgiveness is all about.
Paul says: "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone's fault against them" (2 Corinthians 5:19).
It is God's work, but we are instruments of God. We have been challenged by God to minister to one another, and to be "the message of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:19).
This message calls us to let go of old hurts in the Name of God. It is the message our world most needs to hear. I pray that the things we all have experienced may find a pathway to grace and peace.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.