That’s a question many individuals ask. It would seem better to leave the past in the past, but the truth is– the past doesn’t stay in the past; it affects our present and our future.
In his workbook, “Making Peace With Your Past” Tim Sledge lists four ways painful memories from the past drain your emotional and spiritual energy and they are as follows:
“Painful memories can lead to a general sense that something is wrong. You are not sure what is wrong, but you feel an emotional weight on your shoulders much of the time.” “Painful memories can immobilize you through fear. You sense that these painful events have power over you. They will not go away. They have mastered you.” “Painful memories may cause you to avoid certain feeling or situations. The memories overpower you. Some situations and some feelings remind you of these memories and increase your sense of powerlessness.” “Painful memories may lead to a denial of reality. Painful memories may be so painful that you choose not to think about them. You learn to lie to yourself. A nicer name for it is denial. Lots of energy is needed to live in denial. You are constantly reshuffling reality to make it fit your denial system.”
Friends, God’s Word states in Proverbs 3:5-6 , ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” When you are trusting the Lord and not what you feel or think (emitting from past events), He will direct you to the healing you need in order to live free from the past. God heals the past to redeem our present and future!!!