I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ( John 8:31,32)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
I knew in my heart I had to forgive myself. I had to realize that my sister made the choice to cut herself off from the world and her family. I had to realize that it was HER choice to be alone. Every night before going to sleep I prayed for her. I would ask God to watch over her. I would ask God to let her know that I loved her. God reminded me of these things. I did help my sister by praying to God to watch over her.
The word of God is a powerful source. Every problem you and I face can be solved through His word and prayer. I began looking up scriptures on forgiveness. I studied and spoke these scriptures over and over and over again until they became a part of me. I could feel the chains of guilt breaking with each passing day. My freedom would not happen over night, but I knew it would happen. God’s word was setting me free “little by little”.
God kept bringing to my mind the moments I spent with her before she got sick. The Bible studies we enjoyed having. The talks we had about how good God is. The time we would sit and listen to gospel music and get so happy we would get up and dance and praise God! “Remember the beautiful times you had with your sister and do not think about the bad”. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) With each memory, I began to smile. I began to laugh. I began to be filled with joy. I began thanking God for the beautiful memories that I will cherish forever.
As my road to healing continues, each day that passes brings me so much joy. It is my heartfelt prayer that if any of my readers are chained by guilt, that the few words I have written will be of encouragement to you. There is hope. There is freedom. Jesus Christ loves you. He does not want you to be burdened by guilt. He wants you to be free and enjoy your life. I love you and I can now shout,
“I AM FREE! I AM FREE! I AM FREE! PRAISE GOD! I AM FREE”!
You can shout this too.
You can shout this too.