Let It Go


There's no reason to hang on to destructive attitudes—and every reason not to.

In light of the resurrection, the New Testament asks a pointed question: ““Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55 niv). That brings us great comfort even if death were the only enemy Jesus overcame, but it wasn’t. We could just as easily ask, “Where, O grief, is your heaviness? Where, O shame, are your wounds? Where, O rejection, is your destruction?” The cross and resurrection undid the worst this life can do to us.

Why don’t we apply the undoing of futility and heartache to other areas of life? Perhaps we assume a restrictive meaning of Paul’s words. Or maybe we just have too much experience with shame, rejection, and grief. But with the gift of new life, we can shed the old one. The cross and resurrection apply to every shameful event, every rejection, every moment of grief. His death doesn’t mean those things never happened; it actually affirms the pain in them. But his resurrection does mean that their sting can be removed. Your past life can, in a very real sense, be undone. 

Ask God for the spiritual perspective that puts shame, bitterness, grief, rejection, worry, and all those other pesky perceptions behind you. Wrap your identity entirely in him and live in the new life he has given you. There’s no reason to hang on to destructive attitudes, and every reason not to. The sting has no power other than what you give it. You are free to let go of every enemy of your wholeness, peace, and joy.

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