Forgiven Past: Beautiful Future

“I, yes I, am the Lord,and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.No foreign god has ever done this. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the Lord. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” Isaiah 43:11-14 NLT

“I–yes, I alone–will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.”
Isaiah 43:25 NLT

Yesterday is gone, which means that we all have a past. We smile over some memories. While some of the recollections remind us of past hurts and pain. Some of us have suffered abandonment, abuse, betrayal, tragedy, and if we aren’t careful we could easily harbor hurt and anger.

There are times when we would love to just go back and change some of the not-so-good moments. Yet, we can’t change one thing that has happened. We can however change how we view it. They were lessons either good or bad. And with prayer, we all gain valuable lessons, find healing, and smile at the good times.

One bible account that I’m pretty sure we are all aware of is concerning the Samaritan woman, found in John 4. Not solely based on the account of her numerous relationships, but the grace and mercy extended to her and how it also relates to us, who have also been repeat offenders of sin in our lives. When she met Jesus near a well at midafternoon, she was utterly surprised that He already knew everything about her.

Despite her ugly past, He offered her a beautiful future. I’m sure that many in her community had counted her as worthless. And she may have felt the same way on occasion, based on her experiences. Yet, as far as Jesus was concerned, the woman with no apparent future is offered a promising future, even with her string of failures. Jesus saw her present heart desires, and that made her past irrelevant.

Jesus can redeem our past, no matter what we have done: failures, addictions, poor decisions, multiple relationships, lies, gossip just to name a few. It doesn’t matter whether we are the offended or the offender. Nope! We may in fact be the guilty who messed up, or we were wounded by someone else. We can all be redeemed. Experiencing healing from the hurt, and released into a beautiful future.

Pray about everything. Yes, even the failures we may make today. If you are still breathing, we have been given the opportunity to begin again right at this moment. And Jesus alone can and will provide all the hope that we need for tomorrow, according to His will, that will honor Him and bring Him glory.

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