Look at some old photographs of yourself, look at the dodgy hair styles and interesting outfit choices. What were we thinking?
It can be so easy to look back to the past and regret the decisions we’ve made. Whether that’s the way we dressed or the bigger things, like the the times we messed up and made mistakes. Isaiah 43:18-19 tells us that we shouldn’t feel this way. It reads:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.” – ISAIAH 43:18-19
WE ALL have things we regret in our past. Maybe it was sin, how we handled situations, how we hurt others. But we need to remember that we shouldn’t constantly remind ourselves of the things we regret in our past.
1. WE ARE FORGIVEN. We’re forgiven from our past when we repent and give those things to God. He is faithful and Jesus died on the cross so we can be FORGIVEN!
2. He forgets our sins too… Not only does God forgive us from all our wrongdoings, but he forgets our sins too. … reads:
“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”
3. This means we can forget our sins, too. We are MADE NEW through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We can let go of the guilt we hold, because Christ washed away our sins.
“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9
4. We are MADE NEW! The past has no hold over us, so it’s time to look forward to the future. Jeremiah 29:11 reads:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
The next time we start to think about our past and get the feeling of regret, remember this:
“Your past has zero power over you, but it’s up to you to receive God’s gracious gift of forgiveness, mercy and a new beginning”- JOYCE MEYER