Putting Your Mistakes Behind You

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When it comes to your mistakes, Jesus not only puts them to the rear but cancels them completely.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14.)

God has already forgiven you all your sin – past, present and future. That’s much better than sitting on your mistakes hoping no one notices.

Mistakes: when you belong to Jesus, they’re all behind you now.

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15 Responses to Putting Your Mistakes Behind You

  1. It is amazing grace and love that takes the worst we can do and turns it into new life. We are resurrection people. Thanks for sharing this word of encouragement.

  2. Laura Droege says:

    Do you think some mistakes are harder to put behind us than others? Not from God’s perspective, of course, but from ours: the more visible the sin is, the more we’re aware that other people do notice it, and thus it becomes harder to view it as in the past and covered by God’s grace.

    The example that comes to mind is if an unmarried woman becomes pregnant (through consensual sex) and keeps the baby. Church people know she did something wrong–the visible result is there, in the form of the baby–and it might be very, very hard to feel forgiven by God, especially if others condemn her for what’s happened in the past. But when someone has to live with the visible, public consequences of his or her past sin, that’s also an opportunity for others to extend God’s grace to that person in an ongoing, sometimes sacrificial, way. We get the chance to give to others the grace that God has given to us, or they get the chance to show grace to us, whatever the case may be.

    BTW, my husband read the tattoo joke and laughed. He’s punny, too.

    • Tim says:

      I’m glad the joke went appreciated, Laura.

      As for letting the past stay in the past, that’s hard when people insist on bringing up those mistakes. There are mistakes I’ve made and some things I just could have done better that I am still dealing with years after the fact, and I think that’s a matter of there being consequences to our actions.

      On sin and what that means in our relationship with God , though, it really is all behind us now. When we have the opportunity to show that same grace to others that God has given us, it’s a blessing for the giver and the receiver.

  3. Pastor Bob says:

    Well said! The message of forgiveness is important to all at all times.
    -That was genuine PUNishment.

  4. Jeannie says:

    GROOOOAAAANNN! 🙂 Reminds me of Pumba, the warthog in The Lion King, who says, “You gotta put your behind in your past.”

  5. Mary Anne says:

    *snort* Thinking of the Firesign Theatre sketch “The Giant Rat of Sumatra,” featuring Hemlock Stones and Doctor Waller:

    Stones: But what we must find out is–who’s behind the Giant Rat of Sumatra?!
    Waller: All right, Stones–whose behind IS the Giant Rat of Sumatra? 8-D

  6. Ruth says:

    Husband to wife, does this mean I have to walk behind you now? No dear husband, in front so I won’t get bumped into by giant people over 5ft tall! So we look very traditional, sort of, in some of our forays th the major shopping centres!

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