“…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13, NLT)
Are you determined to forget the past? I know many people don’t fully understand what that means. They wonder, “How can I forget something that’s happened to me?” “How can I forget what I did?” One definition of the word “forget” is to “disregard intentionally” or “to overlook.” In other words, you have to choose to disregard your past so that it doesn’t keep you from moving forward. If we don’t let go of the past and forgive ourselves, we will never be able to live the abundant life Jesus promises.
Romans 5:1 – “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Now if that is true, and we are reconciled with God through Jesus, and He has removed the barrier of sin that was between us so that we can be saved, then why do we feel so bad about our past sins? Because we confuse the guilt of sin with its impression (consequence). Take a notepad and write the word sin (press hard). Tear off that page and throw it away. That’s how God forgets your sin. Now take your pencil and rub it on the new page at an angle over the same location where you wrote. Guess what appears – the ghost of the word “sin.”
That’s what our flawed memories do. We go back over the deep impression left by the transgressions in our life, and we feel just as guilty as we ever did. It’s as if the sin never left. But be encouraged, the impression of sin is not the same thing as the actual sin.
No matter what has happened in your life, you can forget what lies behind. Make the choice today to look forward. Trust that God has a better future in store for you. Trust that He’s working behind the scenes on your behalf. Forget what lies behind and press forward! In our lives, we may not be able to forget our scars, but God forgets their cause!
Jeremiah 31:34– “I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”