Forgetting your sins
February 10, 2014 at 10:19 am, No comments
This topic is close to my heart and I feel like many people may struggle with this area as well. So I’d like to share some of my thoughts.
First of all - we ALL make mistakes and we all are sinners.
„for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,“ Romans 3,23.
So I just want to clear up the fact that you’re not the only one who’s making mistakes.
Second of all - Jesus Christ DIED on the cross for your sins. For ALL of your sins. For every sin you DID make and every sin you WILL ever make.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3,16.
That’s how great God’s mercy is. Plus - drum roll please - it is FREE and you DON’T have to deserve it. Actually no-one deserves it. But God doesn’t care - He is offering you this gift and it’s your choice if you’ll take it or not. (I strongly encourage you to accept it hehe ;-)).
Third of all - after you repent, everything is FORGIVEN and FORGOTTEN. Yes - even forgotten.
“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.” Psalms 103,8-10.
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Psalms 103,12.
God won’t bring your past sins up again. He is not waiting around for that special moment to mess with you and throw your old mistakes at your face. YOU are the only one who can do that. Let me just say that the reason why you’re maybe still holding on to your mistakes is you and only you. It is not God. Most definitely NOT. He forgave you and doesn’t care about it anymore. It is done. Finito. It’s a closed case for Him. So do not try to open it again. Yes - learn from it but don’t feel guilty. Guilt is supposed to make you repent but once you ask for forgiveness, you don’t have to feel guilty anymore.
Fourth of all - your past mistakes and sins do NOT define who you are. Your identity is in Christ. Once you accepted God to your heart, it is Him who defines you. You’re a new person.
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5,17.
So it is important for you to look at yourself from God’s perspective. He sees you as a pure clean person and not some awful sinner who didn’t obey Him. He loves you unconditionally and there’s NOTHING you can do to make Him stop loving you.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8,38.
So please don’t focus on your past but be ready for new things ahead instead. It’s your future that you can change, not your past.
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing:Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3,13.
PS: Some other good verses related to this topic
“Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Psalms 32,5.
“Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.“ Psalms 65,3.