Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.
It is wrong to say that we should just forget the past, for the simple reason that the past will one day be our entire life. Past, present, and future are aspects of our soul that need to be reconciled to God. We must take our living hurts from the past to those who can heal them. We can bring to light patterns we have learned from our parents and other adults, confess those destructive patterns, disagree with them, and repent from them. If we have wronged people, we must confess our sin, apologize to those we have hurt, and make amends. Though none of these processes change the past, they can redeem the past. God is in the process of reconciling everything that has gone wrong, including our personal past. But in order for him to deal with our past, we need to bring all of our broken parts to him.
God is an expert at redeeming our past mistakes to propel us in our destiny. The very things the enemy would use to disqualify you, God can use to display His grace in your life. In the story of Jonah, we have an unsuccessful prophet who runs in the opposite direction of the calling on his life. Despite his rebellion, God had already made supply and set in motion a master plan to get him back on track. The city of Ninevah heard of this fantastic fish journey that this rebellious prophet of God took, and the whole city repented and was saved. Gods grace turned Jonah’s mistake into a whole city being saved. What mistakes in your life is God redeeming and making into a fantastic and beautiful story of grace?
We cannot let our past circumstances redefine our present reality and reduce our God-given destiny to what we feel we can handle.
Here’s a question every angry man and woman needs to consider: How long are you going to allow people you don’t even like — people who are no longer in your life, maybe even people who aren’t even alive anymore — to control your life? How long?