It is because of his mercy that you have been saved.
Titus 3:3-7 " At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, decieved and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."
It is because of his mercy that you have been saved. A lot of the time our world likes to coin Christians as a group of good moral people. When in reality, we are just as sinful as the rest. We do not attain salvation because we accept Jesus then decide to act better and because we are acting good God loves us. Nope. When LOVE appeared he saved us because of his mercy not because of what we have or haven't done. I like Paul's first line here. " At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, decieved and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures." Yep that sounds a lot like me and maybe you to. Our past is our past and God has washed that slate clean. Let today be today. Stop worrying about yesterday. God has bigger plan for you today than to let guilt and shame wear you down. Say today, " God I give you today. Let me not be consumed by things that are not of you. Renew me and fill me with your Holy Spirit today!" Let God renew you day after day. May his Holy Spirit guide you and use you today.
Thoughts to ponder:
Why do we try to hold onto our past?
If you knew you were going to be executed tomorrow, what would your day look like today?
Chime in. astas. +zack