Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just [a]when You speak,
And blameless when You judge. (NKJV)
Contra ti, contra ti solo he pecado, Y he hecho lo malo delante de tus ojos;
Para que seas reconocido justo en tu palabra, Y tenido por puro en tu juicio. (RVR 1960)
Some folks refuse to accept God’s gracious invitation of eternal life through Christ because they “feel” they are unworthy, their past “sins” are too great. Yet here is King David calling out the the Lord in probably the greatest recorded confession and repentance letter (Psalm) ever, acknowledging his sins, pleading with God for forgiveness.
David understood that above all else we sin against the Holy God of all creation. He also understood that a Holy God is a merciful God and Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins [a]and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
No matter your past (Adulterer, Arsonist, Murderer or even Rapist) if you are a truly converted and redeemed child of God (producing fruits of the Spirit for all to see) then it is time for you to move on from your past offending behaviors. You must resist Satan’s attempts to keep your mind behind Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old” and look to the future.
That does not mean that you completely forget or ignore your past mistakes. How stupid would that be? In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul makes the following statement: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have [a]apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” He is not dwelling on the past (Paul was a mass murderer of Christians) in order that he may carry on the work of Christ Jesus.
In conclusion the next time you are tempted by Satan or his minions (that is anyone doing his bidding telling you you’re unworthy) to Be Defined by Your Past I want you to remember these verses:
You are a new person in Christ– Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Satan and his minions future is set– Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”