Paul who wrote most of the New Testament in the Bible was someone who enjoyed seeing Christians be killed.
Moses was a murderer.
Peter betrayed his friend 3 times, when his friend needed him most.
King David was ‘only’ a shepherd, a murderer, an adulterer… and the list goes on of people who were ‘tainted’ by their past.
The truth is we all have been haven’t we? I’m sure all of us can look back to things in our past and see things that we aren’t proud of… some of us may even feel shame.
But like the people in the list above God can use YOU and often use your past to create a future that you can be proud of.
Shame… it’s like a rotting corpse that has this pull that keeps us from seeing our own bright futures because of our own dark pasts.
But here’s the thing “We are NOT our sins… and we are NOT what others have done to us!” – but you will need to be honest, own what is yours and change what can be changed… don’t let the guilt and shame rob you of who you were created to be!
You can’t change the past – but you (and God) can change the future…
The problem is we can’t fully know God if we are to hold on to the shame of our past… you need to give it to him.
And the hard thing may be leaving the past where it belongs… in the past.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) –“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”