Our memories are a good thing where we go back and replay the good times but our past sin memories are bad as we are reminded of our past sins and failures. We tend to punish ourselves again and again for the wrong acts and mistakes we did in the past.
We start to torture ourselves by revisiting the places of failure by hitting the replay button over and over again. How we wish we could go back and erase our failures, but that is not at all possible.
Christ has come to save sinners
The truth is that we all have sinned and no sin is to be taken lightly. It is natural to feel shame that flow from sin, but as Christians, we know that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15).
Discouragement tells us, “Go back and see for yourself that you failed,” but we can be encouraged by the scripture that tells us not to look back at the past but to look forward to the future. The Bible tells us that, “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23)—but our debts have been paid. We don’t need to sit in our sin but need to take it to the cross and nail it there. Only after we do that we can move ahead in the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Nail your sins to the cross
Col 2:13-14, “When you were dead in your sins and in the circumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
Christ was nailed to the cross being the “fulfillment of the law” for us (Matt 5:17.) All of us fell short of God’s glory and sinned and through the shed blood of Christ, we are now under grace and set apart to be Holy as children of God. For those who reject the cross, they are still under the law and so are subject to the penalty of breaking the law.
Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and not to do away with the law, those who are covered under the blood of Christ don’t approach God through the covenant of the law, but rather through the covenant of promised salvation through faith, sealed in the blood of Christ.
If we confess our sin to God, seeking His cleansing, He will forgive (1 John 1:9). We don’t need to hold on to the guilt. Our sins have been nailed to the cross; they’ve been taken away. Jesus has forgiven them all.