“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.
Isaiah 43:25 (NLT)
Stop worrying about your past mistakes. Leave them there in the past. There’s no need to carry the heavy burden of your past around when you can lay them down at God’s feet and pick up God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness. He has promised us that he will forgive our sins and remember them no more. All we have to do is bring our burdens, our mistakes, all of our mess ups to Him, to be blotted out forever. This may be difficult for some us who have such a hard time forgiving ourselves, especially when we are suffering consequences because of our bad choices. We become distracted beating ourselves up and allowing others to beat us up too, that we can’t let go and lay our failures down.
There may be those who are so disappointed by our mistakes that they lose hope or have little faith in us any more. They expect us to fail and wait for it. They believe that we are our mistakes and our mistakes are us, claiming to have seen the ‘real’ us. Perhaps we may have even allowed ourselves to have gotten to the point where we agree with this foolishness. This is a lie from the pits of hell meant to keep us under a spirit of condemnation. Our mistakes do not define us! We mustn’t allow others to define us and most importantly we mustn’t allow our mistakes to define us.
Sometimes we battle so much shame and condemnation for the things that we have done, we think we have gone too far to receive forgiveness and to have peace within ourselves. But God assures us that He will not reject a broken and repentant heart. It is not God’s will for us to walk around with the heavy burden of our past mistakes. All we have to do is turn to God with a remorseful, repentant, contrite spirit and He will give us a clean slate. (Psalm 51: 16-17)
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:12 (NLT)
It is our choice to get off the path that seemed right to us, but has only brought death and destruction to our dreams, our relationships, to our lives. We know in our hearts there is a better path, it’s called The Way, The Truth, and The Life. (John 14:6) But we must choose to follow The Way, it will not be forced on us. This way that God has laid out for us is where we will find true life, true change, true freedom, with true and everlasting forgiveness. (Matthew 7:14)
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
You can have a new beginning, a new start, a clean slate. He wants to do something new in you, but you have got to let go of the past and move on. It’s time to ask and receive forgiveness. It’s time to forgive yourself and others. It’s time to start looking forward to what lies a head, instead of looking back.
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)
God has not abandoned you. He has not left you alone. He has given you His grace to help you learn and grow from both your mistakes and their consequences. He is in the process of doing something new and beautiful in and through you. What Jesus is about to do in your life is greater than your worst mistakes. I urge you to choose now to accept His forgiveness and leave your mistakes in the past. If God is willing to forgive and forget your sins, who are you to hold on to them?
My Lord you see how we allow ourselves to be beat up by our sins, failures, and shortcomings. We know that this is not your will for us to be under the burden of condemnation. Help us to receive your forgiveness. Help us to forgive ourselves. Let it be your Word that defines us and not the words of men. We thank you for Christ’s blood that takes away our sins. “In Jesus name.”Amen.