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Forgetting Those Things Which are Behind

How many of us can honestly say that we've lived a life with absolutely no regrets? If we're truthful about the matter, I don't believe a single person can say this about themselves. There is something, somewhere in all of our lives that we just wish we hadn't done, said, or thought. Maybe it's a certain dish that we tried to cook or, maybe, a certain guy or gal that we dated in high school. Whatever the case, we all have regrets.

The regret that plagues us most as Christians seems to be our past sins; those sins that God, in His divine mercy, has forgotten all about. In fact, I'm persuaded that the only time He recalls those sins is when we bring them up to Him. If this is the case, the thoughts of and constant reminding of the said sins MUST be the work of the enemy. How do we combat this problem? By consulting the Scriptures.

The Bible has many examples of folks that regretted their wrong-doings: Peter wept bitterly after denying that he knew the Lord Jesus and David regretted his affair with Bathsheba. It's obvious that unashamedly living a Godly life will, in turn, produce a life with fewer regrets. Do you know what helps with that? Reminding the enemy AND his little demonic helpers that you're a born again believer in the Most High! Too often, however, when we're reminded of our past sins we go back in our minds and replay them over and over and over again. This response will surely turn our regret into guilt. Instead, why don't we remind ourselves (and those who come against us) that our sins were as scarlet, but now are white as snow; that they were red like crimson, but now are as wool; they're cast into a sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered again by our Redeemer!

Do you think that Paul ever regretted consenting to Stephen's death? Do you think it ever crossed his mind that his making havock of the church and breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples wasn't such a good idea? I can just about guarantee that it replayed in his mind on more than one occasion. However, Paul was able to overcome this and any other regrets, and it is beautifully evidenced in Philippians 4:13-14 (Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.)

Brothers and sisters: lay down those pom-poms and stop cheering for the devil! Stop feeling guilty about that which is already forgiven! Forget those things that are in the past! Leave them there, for that's where they are. Reach forth to what is before you! If it be God that's leading your life, it'll be God that your reaching for! Begin, live, and end each day for the glory of God!

--Spencer

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