I’ve said and done things in the past that I’m not proud of. Some things I’ve done, I’m downright ashamed of. I’ve long since left that life behind to follow the Creator of the universe, but I’m reminded of past from time to time.
We have all said and done things we shouldn’t have. We all have secrets that we don’t share with just anyone, and probably some we have never told another person at all.
Secrets are dangerous though. We’ve all seen T.V. shows and movies where someone blackmails somebody because they know a secret the other person doesn’t want anyone else to know. We can’t change our past, but we can secure a peaceful future without the worry that someone will call us out.
I suggest we don’t keep secrets, and here’s why. Satan knows every bad thing we have ever done, and he WILL tell on us when it suites his purpose.
A while back my daughter was visiting a friend. A guy I know was there and he brought up my past. He asked her if I had ever told her that I used to drink. Well I’m not proud of that part of my past, but yes, I HAD told her.
I have been honest with my children about my past, hoping they would learn from my mistakes. Plus, I refuse to be one of those Christians who pretend they have never done anything wrong. What if I had not told her about my past? What would she have thought of me if she had found out from someone else?
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.”
That is, No Condemnation from God. People may condemn us, but there will be more who appreciate our honesty and they will see the changes God has made in us when they know our past. There’s no shame in admitting we are human. If we are honest with others, and with ourselves, about our failures, we will be more understanding, and less judgmental when we see others doing wrong.
When we are following Jesus, we leave our past behind, but we need to remember the past, so we don’t make the same mistakes again. Remembering that God has forgiven us for our past sins will help us to share those failures, mistakes, and bad choices with others. Our past lives, before we were born again, can serve as proof to others that God can change their lives for the better, just as he did ours.
When I was young I gained great inspiration from knowing just a little about the Apostle Paul’s life before he met Jesus. Our testimony is one of the best witnessing tools we posses. People can argue about our interpretation of the scriptures, but no one can argue with our personal experiences with God.
We don’t have to give a seminar, or write a book, or put up billboards to let the whole world know all our secrets, but we need to be honest about our past, especially with those closest to us. Then we will never be put on the spot and embarrassed by Satan, using our past against us. Be honest. Take away his ammunition.
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