In the past few weeks, I’ve held several conversations with women who are hurting over the past. The current status of a health issue, or tough relationship, or problematic situation has settled, but they continue to mourn what has happened and wish they could change it.
If there is one thing you can’t change, it is the past. But you can change how you view the circumstances and “get over” your past. Getting over it may not necessarily be the goal, but perceiving the past properly should be the goal. Today I wanted to share with you what has helped me when I have gotten hung up over problems that have occurred in my life or mistakes I have made- 7 Biblical principles on what to remember when trying to forget the past.
1. Though we as humans make mistakes, God is perfect and never makes mistakes.
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. Psalm 18:30
2. Even when bad things happen due to sinful decisions, God can redeem any situation, no matter how wrong.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good,… Gen. 50:20
3. Though forgetting the past is tough, God understands that moving forward is a strain as well.
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. Phil. 3:13&14
This verse also tells us:
4. When the past threatens to overtake our current effectiveness,God has a call on our lives that can only take place when we take steps towards the future.
5. As a Christian, my past is covered by the blood of Jesus; God views my sin debt as paid in full through the sacrifice of His son.
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Heb. 10:17
6. When we’re tempted to be overwhelmed by anything more than the current day we’re living, we must remember that Jesus’ advice was to live in the present.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matt. 6:34
7. When we begin to live fully in the present, God unfolds His glorious plan of hope and reveals it to us, day by day.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29:11
I’ve made my share of mistakes and sometimes it’s easier to dwell on what might have been than to focus on the blessings of today. The principles above have been strongholds of Scripture in my life to remain focused to God’s plan for my life. I pray they have encouraged you as well!
What do you remember in order to forget the past?