Let It Go (Part 2)

Let it go… Seems so simple doesn’t it? I agree and admit that this needs to happen. Forgiveness is something God gives us when we repent and we should forgive others as we have been forgiven. As Matthew West’s song says, when we forgive, ‘the prisoner that it frees is you.’

The problem comes when someone throws this out as the answer but walks away condemning you. It’s similar to the scripture about physical needs. James 2:15-16 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
You can tell someone who is emotionally wounded to ‘let it go’ but if you don’t take time to help mend their wounds, your words are just more judgmental than helpful. These people need encouragement, love, and lots of prayers. Their faith in people needs to be restored and their hurts need acknowledged and even validated. They need time to grieve their pain and anything that has been stolen from them.

Sometimes ‘Let it go’ implies that the person is purposely holding on to the hurt and pain by choice. They were often victimized by people and left to pick up the pieces by themselves. Telling them to ‘let it go’ is often like telling a blind man to see, a deaf man to hear, or a crippled man to walk. Yes, these things are possible, but only by a miracle. This is often how impossible it feels. Thankfully, we serve a God that is not bound by impossibilities. Whether God chooses to heal or miraculously deliver is solely up to God, but giving it to God is the key.

Emotionally wounded people did not choose this path. It’s like the person in the Bible that was traveling and fell among thieves and left in the ditch to die. Dealing with a wounded person requires us to go out of our way and possibly get dirty in the process. Religious people will often just pass by those who are hurting, judging them, blaming them for finding themselves in this position. Thank God for ‘Good Samaritans’ that show compassion, pick them up, take them to get help, and even invest in their healing.

Now at this point I must admit, this might need to be a three part series because I’d love to tell you how to ‘let it go’ but at this point the only answer I have is to choose to forgive as in the Lord’s Prayer. Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. also the Bible tells us that we must do this. Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; This will place the person or people in God’s hands. Our trust is not being placed in people to do the right thing, but for God to do the right thing. He is the only one able to heal our wounds and do what is best for everyone involved in the situation. Pain often makes us self-centered, how could it not? Pain grabs our attention and we must consciously choose to direct our focus on other things.

When the disciples encountered a blind person, they began to question why it had happened. Matthew 9:1-3 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. Sometimes people would rather question whether a person did something to deserve their circumstances instead of thinking that God allowed it just for the purpose of showing others how He is able to take care of their needs. God knows what He is doing and we don’t need to figure anything out about the person who is in need. All we need to do is bring them to God and allow God to do His thing, He will take care of the rest, completely.

As I stated in the beginning, ‘Let it Go’ is a great key to unlocking someone’s healing, but understanding will go a long way in helping someone find this key. Criticism and misunderstanding will only keep the person’s wounds open and unhealed, allowing bitterness to infect them and infection only leads to death. As hard as it may seem, try putting yourself in the wounded person’s shoes. Are your words what you would want to hear? Would your actions help if you were in their situation? Would like like people to look at you the way you have looked at people who find themselves locked up in depression and anxiety? Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. You might one day find yourself in need of some help. Would the words ‘let it go’ be enough for you?

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