Description: Moving forward in life requires us to learn from our experiences and not make the same mistakes.
Verse: “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11-NIV
One of the struggles I have to admit I have wrestled with is looking back on the past and forgetting about how God forgave that person. I was given mercy and grace and given a second chance in life. And many times did not walk away new and fresh. Is it possible sometimes we doubt that God really forgave us? Or is it we don’t feel that God will forgive us from our sins?
I don’t know how many times I have read the verse in John about the women not being condemned by anyone — including Jesus! But is it possible that in the excitement with being forgiven –sometimes we don’t listen to the part that HE SAID –“Go now and leave your life of sin.”
To me that verse says clearly and concisely “QUIT SINNING!” When we come to God he already knows what we have been doing. He doesn’t reply to our confession, “Really you did that!” His purpose is to show his unconditional love and that he will forgive us when we ask Him. Remember what he said:
On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. 1 John 1:9 -MSG
When God forgives us, he forgets it. He will not remember it anymore. So the key here is to ask God for help with what caused us to fall in the first place. When I am in the word daily and talking to Jesus, I stay in tune to all that is happening in my life.
If I am still failing, the conviction to repent will be present. Sometimes it is the enemy who is reminding us of our past that keeps us from going from where we should be going. The word “Go” means to move forward, to go somewhere new. If I go back then I am not going forward I am going backwards, and I have not learned from my mistake.
When God tells us to “GO” he is implying us to move in a new direction of our lives, and don’t go to those places that caused us to fall in the first place. He is also empowering our life’s to do something new and fresh. He wants us to forget the past and start new. We don’t have to live in our regrets, but walk away and know God has done it for us.
I want to say this one thing, there could be consequences for our sins, but I believe there is greater consequences when we don’t go and sin repeatedly. This would mean we didn’t listen to what he said. It’s almost like we ignored his comments with his offer of forgiveness . He will forgive us, but when someone doesn’t learn quickly there are obviously risks for that person.
The phrase, “Don’t look back to much in your past.” May have some words of truth. It is good to learn from our past, but sometimes if we dwell in the past we may be tempted to return to past roads that we knew was wrong to travel. Learn from the roads traveled and look forward to the new things he wants for you.
Prayer: Thank you for your mercy and grace for my sins that you forgave me Lord. Help me to stay focused on the right path. Help me to resist the temptation to travel back on the wrong roads in my past. Help me to forgive myself and enjoy the new opportunities you have planned for me.Amen