“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven…” (Luke 6:37, ESV)
You are not what others have believed about you. And, others are not what you have believed about them.
Why attach the meaning of your life to another’s testimony? Why blame your current issues on what others have said about you? Why lose your days defending yourself to people that are not even on the radar any longer?
We have given too much power to shame, or to the people through whom that shame comes. Stop trying to teach them a lesson. Cease the senseless Facebook “teachings” that are simply disguised attempts to correct people in your past. Release your bondage to imaginary conversations!
Let’s truly forgive as God has forgiven us.
Forgiveness releases another of any responsibility of suffering under their guilt. It truly is a choice to be free. We don’t have to talk about it. We don’t have to preach it, hoping that the offensive person hears it. Forgiveness releases healing rather than correction.
So, tell yourself, “I can let it go! I can be free to live my life as God intended.”