Read: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life has gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we so fixated on the mistakes of our past that we can’t see any hope in our future, we can become caught in the cycle of shame, but with God there is always hope through regeneration. Regeneration is the truth that when we accept Christ, we become a brand new creation. And, if we are a new creation, we are no longer defined by our past.
If Christ gave up everything to free us from our lives of sin, why can’t we forgive ourselves and let go of our past? Are our sins bigger than God? That’s essentially what we’re saying when we hang on to our mistakes and refuse to accept God’s forgiveness. Feeling as though you’ve done too much in your past to be forgiven is a lie from the enemy. What’s more powerful - your sin, or God’s power to overcome your sin? Your honest answer will reveal itself in the way you live out your faith.
Through regeneration, the slate is wiped clean and we are made new in Christ. No matter how bad you think your past was, no matter how many mistakes you’re holding on to, you have been forgiven.That is something to celebrate! In Galatians 2:20, Paul writes, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” Today, let that truth fill you with joy. Ask God to help you let go of your past, and deeply breathe in the freedom that comes from Christ’s consummate payment for our sins.
Pray: God, thank you for allowing me to be a new creation when I accept Christ into my life. Thank you for the freedom I can experience through You because I’m no longer defined by my past mistakes and failures, but by You. When I struggle to let go, give me the strength to say goodbye to my past, and embrace the future You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.