How can I most effectively deal with a hurtful or shameful past? - Past - TouchPoints

How can I most effectively deal with a hurtful or shameful past?

Genesis 50:15, 19-21But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil.”

Matthew 18:21-22Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!”

Luke 23:34Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

Matthew 5:23-24So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

Genesis 33:4Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him affectionately and kissed him. Both of them were in tears.

Forgiving is essential to the healing process. As you release those hurts, you are free to be healed and to grow beyond the pain. Being free from the past in this way makes it possible to free others when they realize they need forgiveness.

Zechariah 8:13Among the nations, Judah and Israel had become symbols of what it means to be cursed. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing! So don’t be afraid or discouraged, but instead get on with rebuilding the Temple!

Genesis 41:51Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and the family of my father.”

When you dwell on the past it is hard to forget it and move on. Deal with the pain of the past so you can receive the healing God wants to give you today and so you can move forward toward a future of joy and blessing. So bring your past to God. He was there. Ask him to help you see good he brought and good he can still bring out of that pain. In Joseph’s case, he could still recall the events and the perpetrators, but now he could see that God was using what they intended for evil and developing Joseph’s character and a future for the family.