09: Moving Beyond Your Past

There have been those on your journey who have offered you glimpses of God’s steadfast, faithful love and others who have failed to do so. Under the Spirit’s tutelage, you are learning to distinguish between the two. Because human faces fail, you have not received the fullness of love for which you were made and for which you naturally yearn. Out of that void, the voice that lies hisses that you deserved what you got. But this is not God’s voice. God’s voice says, “Your past does not define you. As I redeem what you have endured, you are being made new.” Knowing what you have suffered, God receives every part of you. And though you need not forget the pain of your past, you are no longer bound by it. By God’s grace, you are being set free.