Letting Go of the Past
"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully."1
Janet had been married eleven years when her husband, Ron, told her that he didn't want to be married to her any more. Understandably, Janet took it extremely hard and refused to believe that Ron meant what he said.
But he did. So much so that he divorced Janet.
Two years later Janet was still in denial about her situation even though Ron was married to another woman. Furthermore, while Janet was fully supporting herself and taking care of her and Ron's children, Janet was still supporting Ron financially—all of which was a vain attempt to get him back.
She had blinded herself totally to the reality of her situation and was living in a fantasy world. As long as she was in such deep denial, she was bound by her past, going nowhere with her life.
When Janet joined a support/growth group and began to see how much she was in denial about her situation, as painful as it was she was able to begin a process of healing that, in time, set her free to move ahead with her life.
Any wonder the Bible teaches: "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood."2 And as Jesus said, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."3
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from the sin of denial so that I will always face reality and be totally honest with myself, God, and others. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Ephesians 4:25 (NIV).
2. Ephesians 4:25 (NIV).
3. John 8:32.