“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before….Philippians 3:13
St. Paul’s experience of having hunting past made him to understand the principle and blessings of forgetting the past and looking unto the future. If not for this principle, he would not have achieved much as he did, because his involvement in the death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr would have hunted him throughout his ministry. Like Paul, many of us had ugly past or things we are ashamed of, sitting in those past cannot but inhibit our spiritual and physical growth. Troubling our brains with things that we had done or already happened which cannot be rewinded is sheer wasting of time and even not biblical. 2 Cor. 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old had gone, the new has come!”
Beloved, let the old go, stop keeping the old for it has to go. As we continue the journey of 2022, I appeal to you to let the past go, stop keeping its pains, failures, disappointments and the mistakes. Settle all these by surrendering them at the cross of Christ and become a new creation. Keep your focus on where God is taking you, have a target for your spiritual and secular life and work towards it. Edner Ferber opined “living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way”. This is true, not letting the past go hinders your moving forward. Therefore, forget the past and look unto the future.