“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be”
― James Baldwin
We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Sometimes we need to complete unfinished business before we can move forward toward new opportunities in life. Some of us may have left trails of broken laws and relationships. Things we need to address before moving on.
Our new life does not excuse us from past obligations. While the apostle Paul was in prison, he led a runaway slave named Onesimus to a new life in Christ. Would be forgiven.
Onesimus carried a letter from Paul to his master, which read: “I wasnted to keep Onesimus her with me. But I didnt want to do anything withour your consent. It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother. If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me” (Philemon 1 : 13-16, 18).
Before we can move ahead to a new future, we can move ahead to a new future, we must face the unfinished business of the past. This includes offering to pay back what we owe, coming clean before the law, and going back to the people from whom we ran away. We cant assume forgiveness from people, although we can hope for it. In some cases we may be surprised to find pardon and release from the bondage of our past.