A person I’ve known for over a decade now has considered me a non-Christian because of believing in secure borders and building a wall to do so. I do believe we need to protect ourselves from the people using the innocent to cross over our borders and to stop the drugs flowing into America. I know most Mexicans coming into the states simply want a better life.
Most of the time I’m diplomatic. The latest conversation after the shooting in El Paso, Texas where several Mexicans were injured and killed during the summer was blamed on President Donald Trump. It broke my heart that any innocent people were killed. I saw her position, but I was getting baited into a heated exchange. Diplomacy was losing its grip on me.
This time, I had let her go and move on. There’s no animosity. God wanted me to stay out of the weeds of contempt.
She was civil and we parted ways.
I learned an extraordinary lesson. This tit for tat was going on for a few years, and it’s disheartening. It’s tiring working to convince people you’re not a bad person for your beliefs. It’s exhausting to explain you’re compassionate towards others, a border wall or not.
Is God inviting you to move forward? Is it time to let go of past mistakes, people, fear, and the frustrations obstructing the flow of God in your life?
God uses circumstances and people to build what He has for you. Now it’s time to move towards Him.
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Letting go doesn’t suggest you’re right or wrong. It’s getting rid of the weeds preventing flow in life. The Bible talks about forgetting the former things for a reason! If we’re continually in the former, we won’t see the new thing God is doing. I realized it’s hard where the same feeds, same dribble, same hateful speeches used anyone skulking behind a Smartphone or computer. Situations like this can leave anyone depressed or going back to people who provoke more retaliation. The more exposure to the mainstream media, the angrier I became at my former pal and others, too.
Reigning myself in, it took a moment. After some practice, letting go became more manageable and can be for you as well.
We can do everything through Christ, but nothing without Him. Let Him give you the capability to let go of what’s keeping you in bondage. It could be an old friend that needs to be released to God or letting go of the social media argument you had about politics.
Here are Scriptures for today to encourage you to let go and to forgive. Philippians 3:14: “I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.”
Proverbs 4:18: “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 is a reminder of the power we have as Christians. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “
Letting go never felt so good.
Written By Corine Gatti-Santillo