Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!” vs. 7Psalm 25:1-9
All of us have a history! It begins in childhood and continues through our entire lives, and everything is recorded! Some would just as soon leave some early events out – they’re not proud of what they’ve done. The psalmist probably would have fallen in that category. He asks the Lord to forget about the sins of his youth and his transgressions. And unless we’re interested in writing our memoirs for posterity and want to be completely transparent, that’s not a bad idea. Some have stuff from the past that they’ve been dragging around for most of their lives – some even have the notion that they can’t ever change, that they’ll always be the way they’ve been, and that’s a pretty stagnating way to live. One of the basic principles of the Christ life is that our past does not define our future. We don’t have to keep on living unsatisfactory lives, and even if we’ve messed up royally in the past, there’s absolutely no reason to keep on doing that. We can change! Our old faults and failures need not define us. In terms familiar to most, we can be born again. That good news comes straight from the heart of the gospel, and is music to the ears of every sinner. Forget your past and embrace your future! Be surrounded by the steadfast love of God!
Thought for the Day: When does the past get me down?