THE BIBLE-TEACHING MINISTRY OF CHARLES R. SWINDOLL
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Shaking off the Past
This month our focus has been on living healthy lives filled with good words like boundaries, purity, and no regrets. That said the majority of us have events in our personal histories, which we are not proud of.
In his message Secret Struggles … Family Troubles, based on 2 Samuel 13, Chuck Swindoll says, “The scripts of today's televised melodramas don't need some great, brilliant creativity on the part of a screenwriter. All he or she needs to do is read last night's police report or even this morning's newspaper column.” As much as we'd like to avoid thinking about the negatives from our past, the truth is, our society is filled with twisted minds, which leads to horrible experiences and regrets of all shapes and sizes.
Maybe there's a nightmare in your past, which has lingered and you haven't dealt with for one reason or another. Maybe it's not even your fault, but as a result life has become complicated. I hope you can find help, because regrets don't heal from silence. Chuck Swindoll says unresolved and unreconciled conflict leads to wounds that don't heal themselves. That's the bad news.
The good news is we are not beyond God's grace. And the best news is it is in this realization of our own guilt and shame we are most ready to accept Christ's forgiveness and love in our lives and begin to work towards healing and redemption.
In Hebrews 12:1 we are challenged to rid ourselves of every weight slowing us down and to keep moving forward. But how? “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Life isn't fair, but God is still good. Accept the challenge today to allow God to use your brokenness to increase your faith, and to take your regrets and turn it into something healthy and beautiful.
Further reading: Out from the Ashes
About the author: Robyn Roste