Turn mem­o­ries of sins into an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for God

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I know God has for­given me for all the bad things I did when I was younger, but I just can’t get them out of my mind, and it re­ally de­presses me. Why can’t I for­get the past?

I’m con­fi­dent that when we get to Heaven, all those mem­o­ries will be washed away, and we will be over­whelmed with the won­der of God’s for­give­ness and love. The Bi­ble says, “When Christ ap­pears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Why, then, doesn’t God erase our mem­ory of those things right now? Per­haps one rea­son is to re­mind us of just how much we owe God for our sal­va­tion. We don’t de­serve his mercy — but God loves us in spite of our sin, and he sent his son into the world to pro­vide the way for us to be for­given and saved. The Bi­ble says, “God demon­strates his own love for us in this: While we were still sin­ners, Christ died for us” (Ro­mans 5:8).

God doesn’t want us to be haunted by our mem­o­ries of the past. The Apos­tle Paul did ter­ri­ble things as a young man, seek­ing to de­stroy the Chris­tian faith — and he would never for­get them. But they al­ways re­minded him of a far greater truth — the truth of God’s grace to him in Christ. Let his re­ac­tion be yours: “For­get­ting what is be­hind ... I press on to­ward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heav­en­ward in Christ Je­sus” (Philip­pi­ans 3:13-14).

When mem­o­ries threaten you, turn your heart and mind to Christ and what he has done for you. The Bi­ble says, “Sing and make mu­sic from your heart to the lord, al­ways giv­ing thanks to God the Fa­ther for every­thing” (Eph­e­sians 5:19-20).

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