When God makes clear He wants us to let go of someone or something, and we break ties physically but go on with our lives continually thinking about that person or thing, I believe this is NOT the extent of the letting go God desires.
Nowhere in the Bible can I recall the Lord telling His people to think continually about whom and what He tells them to let go. I can’t think of any instance in which God tells His followers to focus their hearts and minds on the past and to keep their focus there.
Rather, God makes ultra clear He is to be our first love (Rev. 2:4-5), we are to have no gods before Him (Exodus 20:3), He is the one we are to worship and nothing and nobody else (Matthew 4:10), He is to be preeminent in our lives (Colossians 1:18), we are to keep our minds “stayed” on Him (Isaiah 26:3), we are to focus our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2), we are to meditate on His Word throughout the day and night (Joshua 1:8), and the following is to be a guideline for what we think about in general:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV
God’s greatest command is to love Him with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength (Mark 12:30). If we are thinking constantly about anything or anyone He told us to let go, we need to stop and turn our focus to the Lord, to His Word, and to His will for us each and every day going forth.
Need to do some letting go?