“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” – Philippians 3:13
Press on. Move ahead. Yesterday is done and gone. We can’t replay what has past or change what has happened. We want to think we can or wish we could. I’d like to change the way I’ve handled situations or the things I’ve said. I’d like to have another conversation with my Dad. I’d even like to see my wife and children handle some things differently. We do not have the power to change the past. We do have the ability to push forward.
And that’s why Paul makes the only rationale decision he can make and offers the same to us: he forgets the past and presses ahead. If there is anyone who could have clung to the past – the decisions he made, the people who had wronged him – it would have been Paul. Paul became hunted and persecuted in the same way he himself used to hunt and persecute followers of Christ. Time and again Paul was wrongfully imprisoned or beaten nearly to death for his new life or being uncompromising in testimony for Jesus Christ.
Where are you stuck today in your heart about you marriage and your wife? Where are you in your journey with Christ? Are you stuck in the past? Holding on to regrets, remorse and feelings of guilt for things you should have done? Things you could have done differently? Or are you being stubborn and unforgiving? Are you still holding on to past hurts? Holding a grudge against someone for something that they did to you? Or even maybe something you think they did to you?
Forgive yourself. Forgive them. Press on to reach the heights God has planned for your marriage. Reach for the prize of a relationship with Jesus Christ.