Last Saturday a small group of men from my church attended the “8 Flags Car Show” in Fernandina Beach. All the men who went shared a common interest in old classic cars. We walked around …
Last Saturday a small group of men from my church attended the “8 Flags Car Show” in Fernandina Beach. All the men who went shared a common interest in old classic cars. We walked around observing the old cars with great interest. There were a huge number of cars exhibited in the car show. We delighted in stopping at many of them and
Inspecting them carefully. As we observed, we talked about things from the past that were brought to our memory by many of the cars.
It was fun to think about – and talk about - many things from our pasts. We also had a great time sharing stories as we ate lunch together and then spent some time in the ice cream parlors.
These cars brought many memories of my past. Some of those memories brought me pleasure – others not so much. Looking back can sometimes benefit us greatly if we do it with the right perspective.
I thought of things I wish I had never done. And I thought of some things I am happy that I did. I especially remembered that God’s Word makes it very clear that I do not have to bear any grief over wrong things I may have done because His forgiveness wipes out every sin.
Paul, the Apostle, says we are “justified by faith.” Being justified means God looks at us as never having sinned because we have been covered by the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Resulting from that justification, we have peace with God. Our past is covered and our future is secure! This is all because of what we have in salvation through faith in Jesus, our Lord and Savior. (Romans 5:1)
Paul also said he would “forget the things that are behind” and strive toward “the things that are ahead.” He is charging us to look forward and not be held back by the past. (Philippians 3:13-14). Regardless of your past, God promises you a wonderful future if you choose to serve him.
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