Today's Devotional Thought
September 19, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
Move On From It
I was sitting in a restaurant recently and I overheard a couple talking to each other. I did not hear much of the conversation, but what I did catch stuck with me all day. One said to the other, "Let's move on from it. I am sorry and let's just move on. Please, I want to move on from it."
I don't know what they were discussing. I don't know what she did that required that she apologize. I do know that the discussion wasn't really heavy, but she was asking for forgiveness and to move forward.
It made me think of all of the verses in the Bible about forgiveness. And the frequent instruction we receive to forgive others. But, how do you move on from it?
I did a quick word study of forgiveness to see if any of the familiar verses on forgiveness gave us any guidance on how to move on from it. And, as I read through the Bible, jumping from one verse to the next, I was led to Isaiah 43:18-19:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
While this verse does not relate to forgiveness specifically, it really struck me as a key to moving on after an offense.
Do not dwell on the past.
There is absolutely no way we can move past an offense, a hurt, or an issue, if we dwell on it. If we continue to replay the events in our mind, we will continue to live them, be hurt by them, and we will get stuck.
This woman in the restaurant was begging for forgiveness and begging to move on in her relationship. God is clear about forgiveness. And, moving on in forgiveness starts with deciding to not dwell on it. To believe in the new thing that the Lord can create out of it and by walking towards that new thing.
Oh sweet friends, I know it is hard to not dwell on something that has hurt you. And, if you are struggling with forgiveness or with moving on in some situation, I suggest you commit these two verses from Isaiah to memory. And, recite them each time you find yourself tempted to dwell on it. And let the Word of God lead you forward and set you free from that offense.
It is time to move on from it.