A Pathway to Freedom!

 “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13 

This life is a remarkable journey filled with twists, turns, and everything in between, and I’m sure we’ve all had moments of trials and testing. However, I am convinced that there is a key that brings peace, health, and restoration into our lives. This key is found in a powerful, life-changing truth we’ve likely heard many times before: forgiveness.

If we were to take inventory of our experiences, I’m sure we could all identify numerous reasons to hold onto bitterness or resentment, whether toward ourselves or others. Perhaps you’ve encountered painful situations or struggled with forgiving yourself due to past mistakes. I completely understand; however, as followers of Jesus, it’s essential that we embrace forgiveness.

Jesus clearly states in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we refuse to forgive others, He will not forgive us. Having gone through numerous challenges, I deeply understand how real the struggle with shame and guilt can be. When these feelings began to dominate my life, I knew I had to let go of the past. I had to release the accumulated records of failures and hurts, handing them over to Jesus for good, and vow never to pick them up again.

More than that, I had to release forgiveness. And do you want to know the greatest miracle? He joyfully took that heavy case file from my hands (Colossians 2:13). Not only that, but He cast it into the depths of a vast sea, as far as the east is from the west, where it can never be retrieved (Micah 7:19). The record was wiped clean, emptied, forever forgotten!

That’s why forgiveness is not just a decision, but a miraculous and supernatural transaction. It has nothing to do with our emotions; it’s a choice to let go, even when it seems the person doesn’t deserve it. Most importantly, it’s our response to God and for our benefit. So, if you’ve been struggling with memories that keep re-wounding you, I understand. But you must continue to forgive. I promise it will become easier. And, if you really want to seek transformation, follow the guidance of Matthew 5:44 and pray for those who have hurt you. I guarantee that this act of grace can lead to profound personal transformation.

Stephanie Jones