It is often said, that it is strange how people only remember the bad things about others. Only remembering the bad is not strange. It’s just plain mean and definitely not Christian like. If I was a hooker selling my treats, I would be talked about. And, if I cleaned up my act, joined church, help the sick, the poor, and just any other good deed that follows along the Christian path, I would still be talked about. We all have fallen short of the glory of God and none of us are perfect.
Matthew 6:14-15 tells us, “If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in heaven will also forgive yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either.” When someone comes to you and asks for forgiveness, grant it to them and whatever the problem was do not bring it up again. No, you will not forget, but you can pray to God and ask for it to stay buried and give you strength to move past it.
We must remember there are plenty of stories in the Bible where God used someone who was not considered upstanding and harvested their potential to do his holy will. For example, Joseph was abused, David had an affair and was a murderer, Rahab was a prostitute, Peter denied Christ and the Samaritan woman was divorced more than once.
So to all of us imperfect people who have fallen short of God’s glory our paths may have been littered with wrongs, but God is not finished with us yet. He has given us the strength and mind to be great amongst his people if we only just profess, submit and honor his will. You may not be what others want you to be, you may not be where you should be, but thank God you’re not be what you use to be.
With life comes change, so embrace it and move forward. When others are can only see your past, remember today is a better day and the future is brighter when God is directing your path. When God is for you? Who can stand against you? The bible says in Isaiah 54:17, (NKJV) “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment. You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me,” Says the Lord.”