How you view your past effects how you live in the present and in the future. Some of our past experiences contained victories and lovely moments - we treasure them. But some of our past filled with regret over actions that were wrong or hurtful. It hunts you like a werewolf during the full red moon. It haunts you like a serial killer who thirst for revenge. It hurt you so deep that you could only smile less than 5 seconds.
The past can be helpful especially if you remember your happy moments and celebrations with your love ones. But (I hate the word ‘but’) it also contains your failures, tragedies, and acts of deepest shame. Should I give you examples? I don’t need to do it right? You and I know well what we had done or experienced, what happen in the past. If it possible, most of us would like to lock away some parts of our past or tear it into pieces or burn it in the furnace.
“I’ve done some bad (oh yes, very bad) things in the past. Can I start all over again? Can God help me to overcome them?” is a dialog that you had been asking all this while.
Take heart. Yes you can start all over again. Yes, God can help you to overcome them. No matter what you’re done or what’s been done to you, God is always ready to forgive you, heal you, cleanse you of sin and guilt, and give you a new start – fully forgiven.* This is the promise of the God in the Bible, “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) God offer His forgiveness if you are willing and obedient to His call. He can if you’ll let Him. For now He’ll help you to overcome, soon He’ll remove ALL your regret, guilt and shame totally!
Come let us look to the future. As important as your past is, it’s not as important as the way you see your future. (John C. Maxwell) It is more valuable to look where you’re going than to see where you’ve been. After all, there’s nothing we can do about the past. John L. Mason said, ‘Those who predominantly talk the past are going backward. Those who talk about the present are just maintaining. But those who talk about the future are growing.’
The past is past, but you can do something about your future. God offers much more than forgiveness, He offers Himself to you. He wants to have a relationship with you. He knows what best for you. He doesn’t look at your past to decide your future. He holds your future. Will you trust Him?
THINK BIG Past is Past.
START SMALL Surrender your hurtful past to Jesus.
GO DEEP Build relationship with Him who holds your future.