Psalms 9:10) And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Philippians 3:13) My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before,(Philippians 3:14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
When we make up our minds to move forward the first things people will do is remind us of our past. So called friends, relatives, co-workers, you name it some will not let you forget your past. However God does not hold our past failings and short comings over our heads as people tend to do. One thing to remember as God is elevating you some around you may sense that and want you to stay with them in misery. As the old saying goes misery enjoys company, don’t let them hold you back and keep you down. I find it interesting that Tyler Perry was addressing this issue today on his blog. He was talking about how you need to ask forgiveness for those you may have wronged then move own. Don’t let people keep you in a never ending guilt trip I like that so let me quote myself, don’t let people keep you in a never ending guilt trip.
As we look at our first scripture we are reminded that when we put our trust in God he won’t fail or forsake us all we have to do is hold on because help is on the way. (Isa 43:25) I, I am He who blots out your sins for My own sake, and will not remember your sins. (Heb 8:12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.” Why do we let people remind us of what God has forgotten? Once you’ve decided to change and move on do so and when people try to remind you of your past just tell then Not Today!!! Let them know that you are no longer having it you are moving forward and forgetting about the past. They might say “but you really hurt me” and that may be true. There is nothing you can do about your mistakes of yesterday. A person that has truly forgiven you will not keep bringing it up unless you revert to the actions and character that you displayed in the past.
On the flip side if someone asks you for forgiveness and you forgive them if they’ve shown no sign of remorse or shame then move on. Just because you have forgiven someone does not mean that you have to continue to live or associate with them. This is a common mistake of those involved in domestic violence. You deserve better than someone constantly verbally and physically harassing you. Life is short and God wants us to have and experience an abundant life. That is so hard to do when you live in a hostile and negative environment. Sometimes you need to pack your bags even before you know where you’re going. Whatever you do don’t look back, don’t go back, and don’t let people continue to bring up your past Not Today or any other day move forward Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.