Breaking Bread for 2.20.20

Scripture

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

Reflection

We must stop carrying around anger, resentment, bitterness, sadness, jealousy and envy. We must let go and turn our cares and troubles over to our heavenly Father. Drop those heavy bags that keep weighing you down. You’re not supposed to be carrying them. They are property of the enemy. You chose to pick them up and be subjected to the pain. Now choose to put them down.

We must learn and begin to forgive ourselves and others. We must identify the lack in our lives that we continue to let control and dictate to us, because it’s not God that tells us to walk around angry, resentful, bitter, sad, jealous, and envious. That’s not God. Those are the ingredients and innerworkings of the enemy, who wants us to feel just as it does.

In 2011, I heard an incredible sermon by Ambassador Andrew Young that he gave at Union Institutional Baptist Church. If you don’t know, he was a pastor before he became a politician, and he continues serving in that role. In his sermon he spoke about forgiveness and it struck a chord with me because I had been contemplating a situation for awhile, and a few days before this church service the intensity increased exponentially—and I was trying to decide how best to handle it.

Ambassador Young said we have to forgive in order to receive forgiveness. That reminded me of something that my father always told me that I have since repeated plenty of times, “That person you’re mad at probably doesn’t even know you’re mad at them or why…they are too busy dealing with their own issues”. My dad was teaching me the value of letting go and to stop carrying useless grudges.

We are carrying around extra weight on our shoulders and backs that we don’t need to carry. This added weight causes stress and our bodies react negatively to too much stress. That day I took that step to forgive someone who had wronged me, but may not have even realized that I knew or how much it truly affected me. I also forgave myself for carrying around that pain, anger, and resentment. It was freeing to let go of that weight. I felt myself being realigned. I always do when I let go of dead weight.

Today, I assess the useless bags of weight that I’m carrying and I’m asking myself why I continue to carry around something that isn’t God’s, has no use to me, and makes me feel miserable. Which bags am I ready to drop and walk away from, starting today? I would much rather embrace faith than fear, acceptance than resentment, joy than anger or sadness, self-worth and contentment instead of envy and jealousy.

What about you? What useless bags are weighing you down and making you miserable? When will you grow sick and tired of carrying those stupid bags? Assess each bag. Which ones are you ready to drop today? Your spirit, soul, body, and mind will appreciate it!

This is a daily decision, because I can guarantee you that each day the enemy has another useless bag waiting for you to pick up. Don’t drop off one to pick up another. Don’t pick back up one you already dropped off. God’s trying to get us to see that He is all we need to make life right. He wants you to see how worthless those bags are and why you need to drop them off and never carry them or any others ever again. You can be free from their burden. It’s your choice.

Prayer

Father, today I must let go and forgive those who have sinned against me. I cannot ask for Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive others. I can’t ask for Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive myself. I have to accept the fact that You will always settle my grievances, You will always right the wrongs done against me, and You will always bring light into dark places and spaces.

I pray that You help me to release these useless bags of the enemy that I foolishly carry around each day, month, and year. I’ve chosen to subject myself to this pain, yet I’m blaming someone else for my feelings and decisions. Help me Father. Help me to release each and every bag.

Give me the strength and wisdom to see and embrace the freedom that comes from letting go. I know that just as it was my choice to pick up these bags it is my choice to drop them off. But you know I’m operating out of lack. My lack of trustworthiness is why I don’t trust the process. It’s why I don’t trust You. Because if I did, I wouldn’t be carrying around this weight.

Help me Father. I want to be realigned. I want to be right where You want me to be—and bag-free. I thank You Father for all that You have done, are doing, and will do. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Let’s let go of the bags people!

Loving you always,

Natasha

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