Francis Frangipane

People say, “Leave your problems in the past.” Well, where is the past? Is it some nether world between time and eternity? No. The past is in us. The only way we can leave the pain or sin from our past is to face it with Christ. For the past cannot be forgotten, it can only be forgiven and redeemed.

A. B. Simpson

Our spiritual life must pass down to deeper depths and on up into higher experiences of life, or we shall lose even what we have. We cannot cling to the sweetest spiritual experiences, the fondest object of our highest joy, without ceasing to grow and bear fruit…. We must learn not only to give up our wrongs, but to give up our rights…. We must turn from the things that are not sinful and learn the great lesson of self renunciation even in rightful things…. We must have the cross mark upon our affections and friendships,…our prayers,…the life of our body…. Our religious experiences must have the mark of the cross on them…. Our service for God must often be buried before it can bring forth much fruit.

Evelyn Underhill

A wise man has said: “Only a Christian can live wholly in the present, for to him the past is pardoned and the future is safe in God.” The past is pardoned: the Christian life must be a life without regrets, without remorse. If you have made a decision, and you still feel, taking it all in all, it was the right one, then don’t look over your shoulder on what might have been. If it was wrong, ask for forgiveness and accept the present consequences, happily and without remorse. Nothing is more corrosive of the powers you should be using to meet the present.