Let go and move forward
'Forget all that...I'm doing a brand-new thing.' Isaiah 43:18-19 TLB
Ever said or done something you regret, and then keep replaying the scenario in your head, wishing you could go back and do things differently?
Well, here's what God says: (1) 'Your sins are forgiven through Christ' (1 John 2:12 GWT). We don't earn forgiveness by doing good deeds or acts of service. We're forgiven because Jesus paid the price for us on the cross. Whatever we've done, or not done, his forgiveness is readily available to us when we accept him. (2) 'I...will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again' (Isaiah 43:25 NLT). God isn't going to keep bringing up our past mistakes. That means there's no need for us to keep guilt-tripping. (3) 'Forget all that... For I'm going to do a brand-new thing... Don't you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness' (Isaiah 43:18-19 TLB). When we've done something wrong, we might think we've ruined our chances. But God willingly gives us a fresh, clean start. He asks us not to look back, and instead focus on what he's got lined up for our future.
The only reason for us to remember our past mistakes is to learn something from them. When we learn from the past it has the potential to make our future better.
So what now? Is there some guilt you find really hard to let go of? Remind yourself that God has forgiven you, and forgotten your sin. Now, ask God to show you the new thing he's got planned for you.
Soulfood: Ezek 5-9 Mk 14:12-26 Ps 4 Pro 14:17-20,