Everyone makes mistakes, but it is what we do with them that's important. In most cases we learn, make amends, and move forward in a positive direction. Why is it so darned hard for some family and friends to move forward with us?
Dr. Steve Mariboli said, “We would do ourselves a tremendous favor by letting go of the people who poison our spirit.” I wholeheartedly agree. Do not let anyone, regardless how much you love them, define you by the past … I can say with certainty and thanksgiving, we are not defined by our mistakes but by the love and mercy of God.
"For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another. But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done, but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life. This saying is trustworthy."