Reunions With Your Past

Posted on Jul 14 , 2014 in Grace & Life Lessons

Reunions With Your Past

© By Brad L Hodges

The past; you can’t relive it in real-time, you can’t go back and correct any of the mistakes you made in it. It’s done, it’s over. You can learn from it and that is about all, so that you don’t make any of the same mistakes you may have executed in it, if you are wise enough to heed its lessons.

The past is a place we like to go however, to revisit, simply because it is a place we are intimately familiar with. The present is too fleeting and vague, it becomes the past in a moment and is still too new to be familiar or is only moments away from the future which makes it too unknown. We know the past, like a well-worn favorite shoe.

The past is a comfortable place to be because it doesn’t change and we can pick and choose where to go in it seeking solace from the sterling memories and lingering in their shine. But if we loiter too long in our past we cannot move forward into the future. We are in danger of becoming stagnant, lost in its endless halls of recollection, frozen like un-greased wheels locked in a rust encrusted petrification.

From the standpoint of a believer the past can be very destructive, especially if we focus on the spiritual or moral mistakes we made in it and beat ourselves up over them, foolishly thinking we can never get past those in order to move forward in Christ.

The Bible, as always, will help us navigate out of those particular stormy seas of our past and into the calm, clear water of Grace;

Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: 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.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Through the Grace given you by Jesus Christ, when He died on the cross and was resurrected again, your past mistakes were forgiven once and forever by His sacrifice.

Lingering on the moral and spiritual mistakes of your past not only prevent you from moving forward and being a productive disciple of Christ, but it is an insult to the fact Christ died once and for all to bury your past mistakes with His death so that you may live as a new being in His resurrection.

There is, however, nothing wrong with having reunions with your past now and then as long as you keep them in perspective.

We are who we are today because of our past experiences, both good and bad. Since the bad in our past; spiritual, moral or incidental have been forgiven and mistakes and ordeals cleansed by Christ, our reunions with our past should focus on the highlights, the best feature moments such as family, places, friends and our walks with Jesus we took along the way to get to where we are now.

So visit your past, have a reunion once and awhile, but only to refresh yourself in moments of the world’s filth, reflect on humorous times when everything else around you seems indifferent or bask in the memories of the Grace God has given you over the course of your life.

Put the past in its proper place and perspective and it can be a springboard into a healthy future mentally and spiritually in the Grace of God.

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