Happy New Year Glambitious Reader!
We are enthusiastically entering into the second week of 2017 with new goals, aspirations and plans to start or expand our endeavors. Many of our timelines on all our social media accounts are proclaiming to be ready for a new start in 2017 and ready to leave 2016 in the past.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to let go of any pain, worry, or confusion. As an entrepreneur, it is hard to establish good contacts. Sometimes we get burned on business deals and swear people, companies and brands off forever.
There may be a bad taste left our the mouths and we may not get the true flavor of anything else because we have bad experiences haunting us and preventing us from moving forward in our endeavors effectively. When speaking of starting over, whether we want to admit it or not, if done properly, it must be done with forgiveness first.
Most times when we think of forgiveness we think of receiving it for ourselves from God. When we go to God in prayer with a heavy heart because we have not been our best selves, we expect to be forgiven. But after praying, we may feel refreshed but we may not feel renewed. If the feeling of renewal doesn't accompany the refreshed feeling it could be because you have neglected to forgive others who have trespassed against you.
We have been given instructions on how to pray:
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘ Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment]. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’
MATTHEW 6:9-13 AMP
When we are instructed on how to pray, we were to ask to be forgiven as we forgive others. The only way to receive forgiveness is to first forgive those who have wronged you. You may be totally justified in resenting someone. Don't let that person, encounter or event keep you from receiving what you need from God.
If you want a fresh start, you must heal from the past. Forgiveness is a part of healing because unforgiveness is like a festering sore. Unforgiveness is a spiritual wound. The way you treat an injury should be the way you treat unforgiveness. You clean it, medicate it and cover it. But you have to do it in order. You wouldn't cover a wound that hasn't been cleaned because it will cause infection. You wouldn't clean it after you medicate it.
Cleanse yourself by taking it all to God and giving Him possession of the wound caused by unforgiveness. Give it to God. Cut of your permission to think of this issue as yours. Medicate the issue with the healing Words of Psalms. (Psalm 62 is my favorite.) Cover the wound with prayer. Continually ask God to take away any animosity, anger, guilt, or any negative feeling associated with the situation. Read Proverbs to direct your new actions towards the situation.
Start off 2017 by letting the past go and forgiving yourself and others and watch your business, love life and finances soar to heights you never could image possible!
Sayuri Smith is an author, grant writer, speaker, inventor and realist.
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