It’s in the past… Leave It There!
Many years ago I had a friend who I knew who never really gave her heart to Jesus and never was baptized. I prayed and prayed for an opportunity to talk to her about it and one night, as she was dropping me off at my house after going to a movie, we started a conversation. I asked her what was stopping her from following Jesus and being baptized. She told me, “How can God forgive me when I can’t even forgive my own brother?” I told her that God first wanted to forgive her from all of her sins and in time, as she yielded to God, her heart would soften and she'd be able to forgive her brother and others who had hurt or wronged her in the past.
A few days after that conversation, she and her husband both were baptized. And in time, she forgave her brother too.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Many times our past holds up from following God. We can never be good enough on our own to come to Christ. Never! God didn’t send Jesus to die for the healthy, He came for us who are the sick. He came for those of us who have a past, who don’t feel worthy, who struggle daily really believing God could love us that much!
Don’t let your past dictate your future. God loved you first! He desires your companionship. He longs to see you in heaven with Him!
No matter where you are in your relationship with Jesus right now, don’t be afraid to take the next step. Maybe that’s asking a friend, “What’s keeping you from following Jesus?” or, “What’s keeping me from following Jesus?”
Jesus loves and forgives and He forgets—and He wants us to have a beautiful life with Him! Leave whatever it is in your past and keep walking.