Do you have a past? I certainly do.
If you are anything like me, there are some things you’ve done in your past that you are not proud of. Many of us are weighed down in life right now by baggage we’ve accumulated by some unsavory past activities or behavior that we wish could just disappear from our resumes.
Well, if you feel that way about your past, the Bible has some very good news for you:
Romans 8:1 (NKJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
I’ve spoken to people who think that they are hopelessly condemned by their past behavior, and God is punishing them now for sins they committed years or even decades ago. That’s not true! Or, at least, it need not be true.
God does not want us to be condemned because of our past sins! In fact, the Bible teaches when we become followers of Christ, we leave all that old baggage behind.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
I like the way Corrie ten Boom put it:
“When I confessed (my sins) to the Father, Jesus Christ washed them in His blood. They are now cast into the deepest sea and a sign is put up that says, NO FISHING ALLOWED.”
That’s good news!