Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The number one enemy of the future is the past. As we move forward, it is important for us to rid ourselves of the strong hold of yesterday.
Yesterday can be a very sad memory, one that leaves a heavy load with indelible scars. This load and these scars can be so strenuous that they defeat the strongest warriors among us.
The past is of such that it doesn’t exist and it can never do. Dwelling in the past is a great waste of time. This is because it can never change anything and it can never make our lives better.
The Apostle Paul was very adamant of the impacts of the past when we move towards our divine destinations. In Philippians, Paul singles out the one thing that he does in order to move forward.
He says that he forgets the things that are behind and he moves forward towards the prize set before him. What Paul is saying here is that the prerequisite to reaching the future is to let go of the past.
Imagine moving forward with a constant heavy load, and consider how further we could reach if we travel without this load. Let us look deeply at our lives and ensure that as we move forward, we rid ourselves of yesterday.
Moving Forward Can Be Hard
Moving forward is not always an easy thing to do. The events of the past are usually the building blocks of our present realities. We cannot ignore the fact that it’s not an easy task to forget what has happened in our lives.
There is no excuse for unforgiveness, but we must understand its presence in our lives. There is a great burden on the one who is to forgive, but forgiveness is necessary. The task of forgiveness is so hard, that it will lead us to insanity if we allow it to.
Some of us have been marred by sexual exploitation. There are people who have been betrayed by their closest friends and some that have warred with diversities of sicknesses.
Let us not be naive and neglect the fact that the emotional complexities that exist in these situations can overthrow the bravest people. It is not easy but we should accept that it can be done.
As We Conclude
As you travel along, remember that with your own effort, it is an impossible task to deal with unforgiveness. It takes a divine perspective, to replace unforgiveness with love. You may not be able to do it, but with God all things are possible.
The power of love will regenerate any wound and bring it into alignment to the perfection of Christ. We can and we must deal with the past because we must move forward to reach our prize. Don’t lose courage, stand tall and never give up.
Dear God, thank you for never leaving me nor forsaking me at any point in my life. I pray for divine strength as I deal with the issues of this life and as I move forward into the future you have prepared for me. Give me the grace to forgive and the wisdom to forget. Amen.