How to Let Go of a Sinful Past

    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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    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


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