When I was young, I used to enjoy listening to radio programs. As I listened, I used my imagination to get a picture in my mind of what I thought was happening. Even though I had never ridden a horse, I could see myself galloping along with the people to which I was listening. Now, in my imagination, I can go back to those days in a similar way. By using Scripture as a filter, I can see in my mind experiences from my past, whether they were good or bad doesn’t matter, and imagine the Lord being with me then like I know He is with me now. Even though I didn’t realize it, God was always there for me. Now there are many scenarios where I can look back and forgive myself, humble myself, surrender myself and experience His peace and joy by trusting Him in the present moment to be with those I grieved and offended. It is a wonderful thing to know that the Lord has forgiven me and it is also good to know that I can forgive myself and others. I thank God for setting me free from the bondage of my past.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9