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How to Let Go of a Sinful Past

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Ladies, we’ve all done something in the past that was Godless. Maybe we knew it was Godless at the time, or maybe we’re only now realizing that we were Godless in our deeds.

You may have read my post titled “What Does It Mean to ‘Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin’?”, which explained that we are separate from our sins, and that we could let them go and move on in a Godly life. But how do we let go of a Godless past?

Here are five ways to get started:

  1. Acknowledge your sins. We can’t fix what we don’t face, right? So take a moment to acknowledge your Godless past. You don’t have to announce it to the world. Just face your sins. Recognize that what you did was wrong and that it offended God. Then decide not to sin again.
  2. Ask God for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 reads, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is the one you offend with your sin, and you can’t let go of your Godless past without God’s forgiveness. Some Christian faiths do this with the sacrament of penance, which includes step 1.
  3. Forgive yourself. Sometimes this is hard to do. But if God can forgive us, we can, too. Forgiving yourself works the same way as forgiving others. You’re not saying that your past behavior was okay, but rather, you’re deciding not to be angry or resentful about your past behavior. You should still feel regret and even shame, because those sentiments will likely keep you from behaving in that manner again.
  4. Let it go. This is also difficult to do. Often, we hold things against ourselves, even after we’ve supposedly forgiven ourselves. When we don’t let it go, it makes it difficult to move forward into a more Godly lifestyle.
  5. Become more Godly. This is one great way of letting go of our Godless past. Romans 6 refers to this in greater detail: “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” By becoming more Godly, we’re creating more of a divide between the Ungodly and the Godly.

 

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.   Selah

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the guilt of my sin.   Selah 

(Psalm 32:3-5)

 

Ladies, have you struggled with letting go of a Godless past? Share your story—we so love to hear from you!

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3 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by mkayare97 on May 30, 2015 at 12:01

    Love this topic, especially as this is something I’ve struggled a lot with. However, I must respectfully disagree on the last sentence in the 3rd step. “You should still feel regret, and even shame, because those sentiments will likely keep you from behaving in that manner again.” Romans 8 says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. ” We are free from our pasts, there is no need for shame in what we have done. John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” These passages do not make our sins acceptable, but do assure of the freedom we have in Jesus. We do not have to be ashamed of what we have done, because He has already forgiven us.

  2. Paris

    Posted by Paris on May 18, 2015 at 21:54

    I needed this so bad. Lately, I’ve really faced up to my past. And I’ve had a terrible past. Not a loft of people know half of what I’ve done. Sometimes it’s so shameful, I can’t even tell God the names of the people I’ve hurt or the things I’ve done, but this article helped me see I can’t begin to let it go until I FULLY acknowledge what I’ve done. Thank you so much for this article.

  3. kimery

    Posted by kimery on May 16, 2015 at 15:04

    Yes I’m still struggling with my past but I been praying about it i still feel the guilt and shame no matter what