Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25
In the book, Tramp for the Lord, Corrie Ten Boom addresses the subject of forgiveness: “Forgiveness is the key which unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. The forgiveness of Jesus not only takes away our sins, it makes them as if they had never been.” This is the same principle mentioned in Hebrews 10:17 (NASB): “THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”
Hanging on to past failures and sins distorts God’s view of who we are in Christ. He tells us that we are new creatures, saved and redeemed, but guilt and shame keep us from looking up into His wondrous face of love and acceptance. By focusing on the past, we block God’s future intent for our lives.
Buying into false guilt leads to feelings of defeat that may end in hopelessness and fear. People who struggle with lingering guilt often have a hard time accepting God’s love. They cannot imagine how the Lord could possibly use them for His glory, especially when they think about their past sins.
But think for a moment. If this were true, God would have never chosen Moses, David, and Paul as vessels for His work. Corrie had a saying that many people have come to love: “When God forgives your sin, He buries it in the deepest sea and puts up a ‘no fishing’ sign.” When Christ forgives, He also forgets!
Dear Lord, please break the shackles of selfishness from my life. Take my sin and cast them into Your sea of forgetfulness.