A Fresh New Start
We need to forget the past mistakes we made and strive from this day forward to press on toward the goal that God has set before us. God remembers our sins no more----why should we hold tightly to the sins that so easily beset us? We need to look forward with hope, courage and determination to a future that God promises us. Put our mistakes behind us---God has forgiven them---we need to forgive ourselves and move forward! We need to forgive others who have harmed us or hurt us in the past and move to the place where we can stop blaming and start living with a changed heart and purpose! There is no good thing that can happen by holding on to the past and refusing to move past that particular hurt. God has a goal for us---to live our lives abundantly, filled with energy, purpose, and joy through His Holy Spirit. He cannot move us, if we refuse to put behind us those sins that keep cropping up over and over again through our refusal to let them go. Unforgiveness will ultimately lead to a root of bitterness around our heart that will squeeze the very life out of us and leave us a miserable, sad human being.
I end with Colossians 3:12-13:
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you."
May your new year begin with a fresh new attitude and determination to live for God's goals and purposes for your life!