In life, one of the most challenging tasks is to let go of the past, particularly when it is marked by a history we wish we could erase. Yet, the reality is that we all carry such a past – one that we wish wasn’t a part of our story.
The good news is that Jesus Christ empowers us to overcome our past mistakes. Our new identity in Christ signifies a transformative shift; we are no longer who we used to be. Instead, we are new creations in Him, and the old moral and spiritual conditions have been replaced with the new (2 Corinthians 5:17). As children of God, we possess the nature of God (2 Peter 1:4). This is our reality.
Despite this truth, why is it still challenging to forget the past, and how can we press on towards God’s bright future?
Remember the Truth: The key lies in remembering the truth of who we are – redeemed and set free! Our experiences do not define us; it is the Word of God that holds that power. We must internalize the truth of what God says about us and our future, for without it, we lack hope and the ability to face the future boldly.
Stand Strong: The devil will attempt to remind us of our wrongdoings, but we must stand firm on the Word of God. Speak against his deceptions. We are no longer the individuals we once were, and our past actions do not define us. Listening to the devil’s accusations brings no benefit. Instead, decide to keep moving forward. Speak God’s Word, meditate on it, and align your thoughts with His promises.
Decide You’ll Let Go of the Past: This decision involves remembering the bright future God has promised. Let go of the past, forgetting what lies behind (Philippians 3:13). Even if memories persist, you have the power to replace negative thoughts with the empowering Word of God. Proverbs 22:2 reminds us, “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts” (GNT). Therefore, align your thoughts with God’s Word to enjoy His blessings in the present and the future.
While forgetting the past is undeniably challenging, it is also entirely possible. Remember, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, GNT). No one. Keep your focus on that truth, fix your eyes on Jesus and the prize, and victory will be yours – not sometimes, but always!
Akosua Frempong, Ph.D., is a freelance journalist with the Evangelical Press Association. She has worked in journalism on three continents. As part of her journalism experience, she has worked as a broadcast journalist, anchor, and producer. Dr. Frempong is an adjunct journalism professor at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Moreover, she is the founder of Listening Ear Communications, a company that provides excellent, professional journalism to various news media organizations and publications.