We are over halfway through the teaching by Wilma Watson on how to remove emotional baggage. In this session she’ll answer the question: How do I let go of past hurts. How do I deal with my unforgiveness?
There are four ways we can handle offenses
1. We can remain offended by denying it.
Convincing yourself that it didn’t hurt that much or excusing them by saying to yourself, “They didn’t really mean it”.
2. We can compartmentalize the offence.
Many are told when faced with a hurtful situation to just move on.
3. We can feel forced to forgive the offence.
Forgiveness can be a “forced forgiveness” by feeling that you should follow the letter of the law of forgiveness because the Bible tells you to forgive.
4. We can forgive from the heart.
How to forgive from the heart and be released from past hurts and unforgiveness
In Matthew’s gospel, chapter 18:21f, Jesus clearly shows us how necessary it is to forgive from the heart. It tells of a servant who owed the King a large amount of money (millions in today’s money).
The King commanded him to be sold, with his wife and children, until the payment was made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt
The Master did two important things
Note that the Master did two important things in order to forgive from the heart. He released and forgave him.
So, his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’
Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:15 that there are serious consequences if we don’t forgive!
If you refuse to forgive others, your Heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.
Steve was not able to close his hand for five years. He had even undergone surgery to shift the nerve in his arm to try to correct the problem and give him back movement, but it did not work. After Steve forgave all those in the past who had offended him, he got total movement back in his hand.
In Colossians 3:13 it tells us to: Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Luke 6:37 says, Forgive, and you will be forgiven. In the Bible margin it says,
“If you release, you shall be released.”
I shared with Janice that the word used for “forgive” in the original language in Luke 6:37 is not the usual word which is translated “forgive”. It is a different word that literally means, “be loosed from” or “released”.
Janice asked that I show her that in the Greek New Testament. When she read it for herself, she was so excited and said that it made all the difference to her.
When I asked what it was that made the difference, she told me she was Greek. And that this word meant to her, not merely to be untied or loosed, but to be set at liberty – away from the person or problem.
Maybe you have seen on TV a story of workers from a wild-life hospital releasing a bird that had been injured back into the wild.
Set at liberty = released and loosed away from
The cage door is opened, the bird hesitates (“too good to be true” look) then spreads its wings and flies away to freedom.
In order for the bird to be free there were two things that had to happen: firstly, the cage door had to be opened and secondly, to enjoy freedom, the bird had to fly away. Released from the cage!
In the story of the debtor who owed the king so much, it says the King both released and forgave the man’s debt.
Freedom from unforgiveness comes when you forgive and release the person who has offended you and you are set at liberty by being released and loosed away from the person, time, place and trauma.
Luke 6 verse 37 begins with. “Judge not”, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
When you judge and condemn someone, you are blaming them, even though the offender is blame worthy.
To blame someone means you have already judged them.
To shift the blame means you no longer condemn or judge someone for his or her actions – you choose to let go of the offence.
Luke 17:4 says in the Amplified Bible to consider the offence as annulled – cancelled, obliterated and as no longer existing: You must forgive him (or her – give up resentment and consider the offense as annulled).
I want to show you how he has helped hundreds cancel the blame and find release from an offence.
You can be released today by shifting the blame and handing the offender over to God’s love and mercy.
Go to session one for a video – https://breakfreetoday.org/amazing-grace/
If this session has helped you then the next session is a must on breaking unhealthy soul ties.
Don’t miss any of the teaching:
How can I be sure I’ll go to heaven?
Why am I so stressed?
Why am I sometimes depressed?
Why am I sometimes depressed?
How to stop being so hard on myself
How break free from a low self-worth
How do I let go of past hurts
How to break free from bad relationships
How to break free from family weaknesses
How to remove self-defense walls?
How to deal with a past loss