If God remembers our sins no more, why do we often wallow in our past? 
May 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”Jeremiah 31:33-34


If God remembers our sins no more, why do we often wallow in our past?  Mistakes of the past have the ability to bring a sense of condemnation or shame. The brokenness we’ve experienced or are currently engaging in has us wondering if there is any hope. The baggage we cling on to has us doubting that redemption is possible.  Clinging on to those past hurts, failures and regrets hinders walking freely with Christ.


Experiencing the full life Jesus promises is impossible when our backs are turned with our eyes fixated on our past. The weight of these mistakes slows down our pursuit of God by diverting our attention from the future. In essence, we are walking into the future facing the wrong direction. The problem is we were designed to move forward, not backwards.  What we are carrying slows us down, wears us out and causes us to stumble.  When a mistake gets in our mind, the scars and wounds influence the way we perceive ourselves, others and even God Himself.  Our baggage distorts what we believe about God as well as the way we think He sees us.


Then there are those who will try to ignore their wounds and pretend like everything is okay. They keep everyone at a distance by wearing a mask and hiding the pain and hurt that rages deep inside of them. All their effort is spent in making sure no one sees through their façade. The baggage prevents us from being transparent in community by obstructing our relationships with others.  Rather than letting them go, we carry these burdens with us.  As a result, our walks with God, as well as our relationships with others, are hindered.  Baggage and shame keeps us from enjoying the fullness of life that God wants us to experience.  In 1 Peter 5:7 we are told to “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” God doesn’t want us to be weighed down by emotional baggage or carrying around burdens that we were not intended to bear.


Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30


The offer Jesus made thousands of years ago remains available: I will carry your baggage for you. It doesn’t matter the weight of our bags or the heaviness of our shame, none are too heavy for Jesus. The time has come to let them go and give them to Him. When we surrender our scars, wounds and hurts to Him, He heals us and lifts those burdens. Then we will be able to repeat the words found in Psalm 118, “in my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free.”


This is my Prayer: Father God, give me freedom to no longer wallow in my mistakes. Lord help me to no longer be shackled to my regrets.  Show me how my past mistakes don’t define my present or determine the future You have for me. Jesus I trust that Your grace is enough. I know You conquered death so I might experience life to the full.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.