No, I can’t look back. I can’t do it. History is good and all, but there’s a reason that God makes us new each morning. There’s a reason that He washes us white as snow. Rain comes down for a reason, washing all the dinginess away. The old is gone, the new has come. All of this is for reasons that are sometimes beyond us, yet fulfilling something grander than our pasts that we wish could change.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
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History is important. We reflect on the mistakes or what went well trying not to repeat the wrongs. It is when we dwell on the hurt and the sin that gets us into a mode that self-perpetuates lies and bondage.
I once sat across a desk from a pastor. We were talking about an issue that arose in the family and how we could possibly deal with it and move on. Instead of focusing on the issue at hand, I cried over sins of the past and told him that I thought the problem was my fault. I confessed to not moving on because I couldn’t forgive myself. The depth of my grief had me so tied to the past, that I felt I was the one to blame for any sin or heart issue that arose in my little family.
He reached out and spoke truth. If I confessed, and I believed, I was clean and I did no longer need to dwell. I was a new creation. I didn’t need to keep going on about, “if I only didn’t stumble all those years ago” then this next thing would have never happened. I didn’t need to take ownership of someone else’s sins. They were not tied to my hands.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit
1 Peter 3:18
Instead of dwelling on the past, longing for ways to have changed some things, we can focus on the truth of the here and now. We can look at this truth and see that it is good for all days. Our sins and dark pasts are washed away. Those who choose to stay looking back are sure to stand as a pillar of salt, a testimony to a road of failure.
Let us follow the wise words of our brother Paul: “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14