A driving motivation within each of us is to get out from under the burden that weighs us down. In Pilgrim’s Progress, it was Pilgrim’s burden that drove him to seek release. We feel the direct pressure of our regrets, failures, and mistakes, but a greater weight of indirect pressure comes from that which we could not control, but nevertheless produced hurt, pain and loss in us. All this injustice is indirectly borne upon our frame as the weight of remorse, revenge, hate, and sadness. Our mind blocks much of this by moving it to our subconscious in an effort of self-preservation and health, but it is still there and emerges in our memories, until it is dealt with appropriately. If you think about it, the truth is self-evident. How can this load, both direct and indirect be lifted from our shoulders? This was the burden Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name), referred to when He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) It is rest for your soul which you need, even though it is beyond your ability to express or describe.
Some things are bigger than us and we need help. Yeshua knows this and offers to remove the burden that wearies us. He can help because He paid our price of forgiveness. Coming to Him He imparts forgiveness for the direct burden of our evil infractions. Then He teaches us the power of forgiveness over the indirect evil infractions that brought us hurt, pain and sadness. Just as His forgiveness first brought us healing, we learn that forgiving our tormentors and enemies releases another level of healing and freedom within. The beauty of love is that of a double cure, saved from God’s wrath toward our sin and made pure from the result of others sins against us, all through forgiveness – received and given.
The beginning place is too catch up with Yeshua’s forgiveness to us by remembering our enemies and their offenses on purpose to forgive each. Release your mind to bring up past wounds, even subconscious, wounds that hurt so much they had to be hidden, and speak forgiveness, grant forgiveness, undeserved forgiveness, just as your forgiveness was undeserved. This forgiveness is an act of your will, in submission to Yeshua, and by His Spirit. Therefore, ignore the emotional aspects, except with respect to the freedom and rest of your unburdened soul. Setting these offenders free is releasing the chains binding you as a victim. Scripture says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) If you should ever remember these people or associated events, affirm the forgiveness you have proclaimed and you will see the eternal effectiveness and power of forgiveness.