Read: Philippians 3:7-14

Paul’s past as an oppressor of the faith could have weakened him as an apostle of the faith. But knowing the power of God’s grace to forgive and forget, Paul was able to put away his disreputable past and reach for “what is ahead.” This is something that anyone can discover.

F. B. Meyer said, “We ought not to dwell upon our past sins as though they were ever present to the eye of God, so we will not be incapacitated for high and holy service. What would Peter have done on the day of Pentecost if he had persisted in pensively dwelling on the scenes of denial, and had not dared to believe that all was forgiven and forgotten? What would have been the effect on the apostle Paul if he had allowed the memory of his share in the harrying of the saints to overcast his spirit when summoned to found churches, write epistles, and traverse continents? When once we confess it, sin is immediately put away. God will never mention it again. It need not be a barrier on our service; it should not hinder us from aspiring to and enjoying the most intimate fellowship which is within the reach of mortals.”

In Isa. 43:25, God says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” The choice is yours: Either brood over your past or “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). Nothing compares with the excellency of knowing and serving Jesus Christ. So do not allow past sin to hinder you from pursuing your present goal. Instead, concentrate on developing your relationship with Jesus, and your mind and heart will be filled with dreams, goals, projects and prayers for the days ahead. Press toward the goal of knowing Jesus and of making Him known. It is the best way to move toward the mark in your Christian life.

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