as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
– Psalm 103:12
Sometimes the hardest thing in the world to do is to forgive, and sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.
A truly new beginning seems like a hopeless wish.
How amazing to remember that God really means it when he says that if we honestly ask him to forgive us he will remove our sins as far as the east is from the west, and cast them out of his mind. (Psalm 103:12 and Hebrews 8:12) With his help, and help from a caring Christian community, it is possible to make a new start.
Sometimes those of us who are Christians have friends whom we love, but who make decisions about their lives that are not the ones we ourselves would have made. It’s important for us to keep the relationship alive and not constantly speak words that feel to them like judgement and condemnation. Learning to listen with an open heart will give them the space to speak about what is on their hearts and in turn may enable us, when we do speak about our faith, to touch them in a way that we otherwise may not have been able to do. Prayer is our greatest treasure at this time too, as we ask God for wisdom in our listening and in our words.