And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.
Mark 11:25 AMP
Awhile back, I was reading one of Joyce Meyer’s devotionals on YouVersion, and the topic was on the verse above. It struck me that so many of us don’t live this way, and simply doing so would be incredibly freeing.
How many of us say that we forgive others? At least a good portion of us do so. Yet, many of us still hold that hurt in our hearts and in our thoughts and muse over those hurtful events. I recognized, when reading this particular translation, that doing so actually fosters bitterness and prevents us from truly forgiving someone. Real forgiveness starts with a willingness to let the hurt go, and when it does come back knocking when someone seems to not be living up to our expectations, we have the responsibility to turn away those thoughts.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says to cast down high imaginations and take captive every thought in obedience to Christ. It is easy, especially for us women, to start letting our thoughts go with imagined stories of how someone is going to hurt us again. We often can let our thoughts run, over-analyzing why someone did what they did and wondering what the hidden intent was. We can dredge up the past, things that happened in ways we didn’t want them to, things that were said in meanness against us, and things that hurt us deeply. The fact is, by letting our imagination go and embracing those thoughts, we are accepting that hurt into our lives all over again. That is exactly why I found Mark 11:25 in the Amplified version (which describes what the original language meant instead of using a single word to translate) so incredibly powerful.
I don’t want to hold on to hurts. I don’t want to spend my time mulling over things, small or large, that I have found offensive. I want to let it go- drop it- get over it. I realized I had a whole lot more unforgiveness in my life than I thought I did when I started processing this concept of “dropping it”. I didn’t want to become bitter, unhappy, angry, hopeless. I knew forgiveness was freeing to the forgiver as much as the person forgiven. I made a choice and recognized the need to every day, drop offenses and choose to reject those high imaginations and thoughts that lead to bitterness. Dropping it is work. It takes really deciding to let something go. No more concentrating on the faults or pain caused by someone else. But, it is so incredibly freeing.
I entreat you to doing some dropping in your own life. Doing so opens the door for God to do so much inside of you.
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