Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Regardless of how sheltered or indulgent our past has been, all of us have had regrets with feelings of guilt. You need to deal with your past before you can understand what true freedom is in the future. The sin that is a heartache to you today sank its roots into your life yesterday. You can’t expect to break your sinful habits until you have a new beginning in your life. Satan’s tactic is to use your past to ruin your future. His weapon is using guilt feelings to discourage you. You are caught in a vicious circle of one offense leading to another and will soon find yourself in the soil of discouragement.
Can you have a new beginning? In one sense, no, since the past cannot be relived. Purity cannot be recovered; ruined health from substance abuse will have to be accepted. Some broken homes may never be pieced back together but, you can have a new life with Christ. God offers forgiveness of all your past, present, and future sins and assures you that your past need not control your future. The cycle of sin can be broken. (Isaiah 1:18) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
God’s will for you is that you be freed from all forms of guilt therefore, our Lord offers you complete freedom from a guilty conscience. The first step you need to taken is to acknowledge what it is that is making you feel guilty and deal with it immediately, putting it behind you. Second, you must accept the fact that all sin has been paid for, on the cross, in full. There is no sin that has been committed that has not already been forgiven by Christ’s great sacrifice on Calvary. Moreover, try to heal all personal relationships, if possible. Great guilt comes upon you when you have wronged others. If others will not forgive you for what you have done, remember, God’s grace is sufficient and greater than all your sin.
Thought for today:
If God is able to forget your past, you should too. And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12) God puts our sins in the depths of the sea and remembers them no more. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19) Once your past has been forgiven, you are free from its hold. Now, you can make the choice to go forward in your life with Christ, or sink in a life of despair. Can you put Your Past Behind You?