Once I read how young eagles can occasionally be found drowned & floating down rivers. Apparently the eagle’s claw is such that once it catches something it can’t let go until it can land on solid ground. If it attempts to carry something that is too heavy over the water it can drown in it’s inability to carry a load that is too heavy. It’s possible I’ve never heard a more accurate analogy when it comes to unforgiveness. We must be willing to let things go that we were never equipped to carry. Forgiveness is releasing and letting things go.
Forgiveness is a lot like crossing the monkey bars. If you don’t let go you can’t move on. In fact Jesus teaches the disciples to pray and then brings a reiteration to only one point made in the prayer teaching.
Matthew 6:9-15 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
This is where we normally stop but we must read on to find out what portion of the prayer teaching Jesus thought was important enough to mention again: Matt 6:14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if do not forgive men sins, your Father will not forgive yours.
Prov 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. (NKJ)
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness,rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving. (NIV)
It’s not worth the dreams of your future to ponder the pain of the past. Let it go!