As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
My husband had an incident with his computer the other day. He decided to play around with networking and accidentally deleted some very important files. After much agitation and a few phone calls, he did manage to undelete most of them.
How many times have you deleted a file of your own? Say, a file of confessed and forgiven sin—only to undelete it. Why is it that we continue to bring up old hurts, sins and unpleasant memories? God has long forgotten our forgiven issues, but it’s so tempting to undelete them.
Satan would like nothing better than for us to be trapped in our past—especially if it holds pain. But our lives go by so quickly, it’s a shame to be lost in a sea of constant regrets. We become ineffective when stuck in this pattern of delete, undelete.
God wants us to live in victory over our past, and by resurrecting those files buried deep inside, we are making light of the forgiveness provided for us. Let us stop trying to recover the things that made us stumble, and keep pressing forward, looking upward, and giving thanks for a fresh start.