One thing you will rarely see, if ever, is an encouragement in the Bible to look at your past mistakes or failures. It’s not that we can’t grow from our mistakes, but God is confident that the solution is to get up and move forward, press on toward the prize, not look back. Read this: “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, “(Philippians 3:13 ESV)
Even Paul had to make a conscious effort to move forward. He says “straining forward,” which I believe means he had to be intentional and somewhat disciplined about not looking at his past, which was pretty colorful. It also hints that this was challenging in his life.
I believe this is a great encouragement for us, that nothing in focusing or dwelling on our past mistakes will help us. There is no life there so forget what lies behind. The enemy will often throw the past in our faces through thoughts and circumstances. But when you know that Jesus encourages us to forget that stuff, it easily diffuses the power the past can have. Even God himself says “I will remember your sins no more” (Hebrews 10). Ha! Now THAT is amazing. He forgot, so should we. 🙂