Throughout this devotional challenge, I can honestly say that I’ve been late a few times with my devotion, but I’ve had one, and usually a good Bible study with it, every day except one. No excuses. I coulda, shoulda, woulda stopped long enough to spend some time, beyond prayer, with the Lord.
But that is behind me. This particular article urges me to finish well. To not grow weary of doing good, To continue with my pace, my effort, my energy until He calls me home. (Or in this case, until I complete this challenge.)
Forgetting what is past. I love that verse in Philippians 4. I have permission to release me short comings and failures. Praise God!
That means I get to forget:
- Past words that I shouldn’t have spoken.
- Past attitudes that were unfortunately contagious.
- Past selfishness that I acted upon.
- Past hurts in others that I missed or I caused.
- Past times when my faith was lacking.
See, I know God has already forgiven me for all of that. He’s forgotten my failures and only sees Christ’s righteousness when He looks at me. But I have trouble forgiving myself.
But that’s what this verse does for me. I not only have permission to forget the past, I’m urged to. Racing forward is contingent on putting the old issues behind me.
Easier said than done sometimes.
Your turn: What failures do you need to forget in order to move ahead?
Tomorrow’s article from Thirty Days of Devotion about our “Daily Grind” is part of the stimulus for this entire challenge. I hope you’ll read the section and definitely come back tomorrow to share your thoughts with us.