Sometimes I wish there was a “delete button” in life. To be able to “backspace” the words I have spoken; to delete the deeds I have done. I can be forgiven, but I can’t change the fact that I spoke the words or did the deed.
And sometimes, that is where we get stuck. That’s where we dwell.
We believe that God has forgiven us, but we struggle to forgive ourselves. We dwell on the memory, like a dark cloud hovering over our life. No matter the joys of life, they are dampened by the regret, dampened by hurt we have caused. But God doesn’t want us to dwell on what He has forgiven.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isa. 43:18)
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)
Yes, the Lord wants us to learn from our mistakes. Yes, we need to repair relationships by asking for forgiveness from those we have hurt. Yes, there may even be consequences we have to accept. But, God does not want our past to keep us mired in despair and regret, robbing us of peace. – hindering us from moving forward.
Sin nailed Jesus to the Cross and that precious sacrifice miraculously makes forgiveness a reality. Forgiveness, when embraced, brings peace and joy – the joy of one perfectly forgiven, though we live imperfect lives.
Don’t dwell on past mistakes. Dwell on His mercy, His grace, His love.