The triune God knew you and loved you, even before you were born. He set you apart, from all your pain, from all your sorrow, to be holy before Him. Through this healing process, He is fulfilling His glorious purpose and is joyful in your steps toward healing. Lean into His grace and His full knowledge of your heart. Write down your thoughts and feelings of His love and knowledge of you, His child.
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart." Jeremiah 1:5a
From Chapter 4, #186
Jesus paid the price for every sin that was ever committed. It is up to each individual to accept that Jesus pain the penalty for all sin, or to ultimately stand before the judgement of the Holy God. When you seek to forgive someone who hurt you, you are not removing their responsibility for their sin. Only Christ, in His gift of salvation, is able to do that. You are, however, removing yourself from the grip of their sin. It is then between that person and God. It is like removing yourself from a waterfall of angry and hurtful actions. Write about stepping out of the cascading memories of the hurt you suffered and walking into a safe place with Christ, through the miracle of the forgiving process.
"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29b
From Chapter 5, #282
You have a glorious freedom in Christ. You are free from the burden of your past and from the victimization of your spirit. Your entire life is defined differently now, by the grace of Christ rather than by the pain you once lived through. Do not ever allow the old slave tapes of your life as a victim, box you into a corner. Stand firm on the Word of God, His promises, His Presence and His love. Do not waiver or even take one step back to that old life of victimization. Hold onto the grace that Christ has given you. Take new steps of boldness in His power, with grace and love always going with you. Write about your freedom in Christ.
"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." Galations 5:1