Letting Go of the Past
“On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” Matthew 9:12–13 (tniv)
After I became a Christian, I spent a lot of time still stuck in my past. I hadn’t been as wild a young woman as some other people I knew, but still, I wasn’t proud of who I had been and what I had done. There were times I wasn’t even sure I had changed all that much.
The guilt still gnawed at me, like a dog working on a bone. I spent too much time thinking about my past and worrying about reacting the same old way to new problems. My self-esteem took a hit right to the gut, be- cause I didn’t feel worthy of being a child of God, and I didn’t understand how I could possibly please Jesus.
I spent a lot of time looking back when I should have spent my energy on looking forward.
Jesus didn’t want me because I was perfect. He said Himself that He came for the sick, not the healthy. That also means He’s ready to heal me and make me someone else. Someone new and better.
I closed the door on my guilt, my shame, my insecurities. I stepped out into a world where Jesus would mold me into someone He wanted me to be.
FAITH STEP: Is there anything in your past that you’re focusing on? Is there guilt or insecurity holding your back? Pray, believe in Jesus’ forgiveness, and close the door on all those things. Jesus is more than capable of setting you free from your past.
Written by Camy Tang
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