What is the one thing Paul says he does? It’s “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”
What was it that the Apostle had to forget? Possibly the fact that before his conversion, he consented to the death of Stephen. Before Paul met Jesus, he was “a blasphemer and a persecutor, and injurious” which is the idea of being extremely harmful.
When Paul says, “Forgetting those things which are behind,” he is saying, “You don’t have to let the failures of your past, no matter how devious, define your future.”
Forget those failures, learn from those mistakes, and reach forward to a future full of opportunities to serve Christ. Jesus wants to graciously liberate you from a life of guilt over sin and bad decisions through the gospel. If you’re not already a Christian, call upon Him today! And, if you are a Christian, be like the Apostle Paul, and do this one thing.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
The above article was written by James C. Johnson and he is the Pastor of NorthStone Baptist Church in Pensacola. To offer him your feedback, comment below or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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