Its important to understand what it means to be “wrestling with the past.”
Forgetting what is behind, means we no longer allow the past to affect us in moving forward.
Where are you able to find joy or self-worth from your spiritual life;
- Family – Raise a child in a family with morals, and
- Faith – accept Christ in your life
In what ways are you able to find build upon your achievements?
- having success in a ministry,
- obtain knowledge from the bible, and
- overcome sin.
Sometimes we look to our past successes as a source of happiness and a way to feel good about ourselves. Instead of being thankful for how the Lord has helped us and worked through us, we begin to look for joy and self-worth in what we have done or where we have come from.
Have you forgiven your offender?
Read – Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 34:18, Psalm 147:3, John 3:16, Isaiah 53:3-5, Isaiah 61:1-3, Revelation 21:3-5
It is impossible to go through life without being hurt in some way by the choices and actions of others.
Sometimes the pain we feel from past events can linger into the present, affecting the way we feel about ourselves, others and the Lord.
Sometimes it seems like we will never live down the mistakes of our past. Our sins seem too large or we thing we have exhausted God’s forgiveness. Because of the past, we see ourselves as failures, unworthy of grace.