By Victoria Ball-Perry
July 29, 2014
We all have a past and we all have baggage. We also have a Savior who forgives our sins. This is proven in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” With this being said I think that too many of us are held back by our past from fulfilling God’s plans for our future. We can accept God’s forgiveness but sometimes we simply cannot forgive ourselves.
Forgiving yourself is not always an easy thing to do. I know that I have struggled with this at certain times and over particular events in my life. There are things that I am still trying to forgive myself for. Perhaps that is what has brought this column into fruition this week. If I know that God has forgiven me, then how can I allege that His forgiveness and the blood of Jesus is not enough for me to forgive myself?
Luke 9:62 says, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” We have to look forward, push forward and move forward leaving our pasts in the past. The past cannot be changed or things cannot be undone. We can drive ourselves crazy asking questions like these, “if only” and “what if” about things that have happened in the past; things that we absolutely have no control over now. We must remember that Philippians 3:13 says, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Every day that we wake up is a brand new day. It is a day for new life and for new beginnings. We have that brand new day and the rest of our lives to live differently to change our behavior and to break old routines, patterns, and even habits. Also, in II Corinthians 5:17 it says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
The enemy is always there to remind us of our pasts and the things that we have done. If the enemy does not remind us, then the majority of us will remind ourselves. We have to let things go and stop allowing so many things from the past have so much power over us now. I know that there are things that have caused pain and hurt in our lives. However, I know that because of God’s grace and the blood of Jesus that I have forgiveness and I have a future that is bright and full of good things.
Life can be very hard at times but we must remember that we have to keep going. Every day is different and filled with new challenges. No matter how many times we may fail or fall down, we have to get back up and keep pressing forward. II Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Let’s leave our pasts in the past and get busy with living life and creating a future for ourselves. One day our future will eventually be our past and we can look back and see the changes that we made to make our lives and the lives of others a better place to live.