“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)
I have no idea what you have gone through in your life to bring you to where you are today. We each have different past experiences, things that we are proud of and things that we regret. That is just part of life. The beauty of it all is that it doesn’t matter who we once were or the sins of our past. All that matters is that we have been made new in Him! He has given us a new life and so the person we once were no longer exists, we are a child of God! The hard part I’ll admit is that He not only forgives our past, He remembers it no more. We on the other hand will not have that luxury of forgetting, we will be our hardest hurdle to overcome. Take joy in the fact that whatever regrets you have are forgiven and forgotten by the One that truly matters. Stop torturing yourself when you have already been forgiven, and, since we cannot forget… then let’s look at our past as lessons learned. Lets us learn from our past to help the people that God has put before us! What a way to truly worship God… by no longer torturing ourselves and truly embracing the forgiveness He gives!
You Are More by Tenth Avenue North
There’s a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she’s wandered
And the shame she can’t hide
She says, “How did I get here?
I’m not who I once was.
And I’m crippled by the fear
That I’ve fallen too far to love”
But don’t you know who you are,
What’s been done for you?
Yeah don’t you know who you are?
You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.
Well she tries to believe it
That she’s been given new life
But she can’t shake the feeling
That it’s not true tonight
She knows all the answers
And she’s rehearsed all the lines
And so she’ll try to do better
But then she’s too weak to try
But don’t you know who you are?
‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done,
But what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been,
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.