Letting go of the past and moving forward
"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" - Philippians 3:13-14
As we journey through life, we all have moments that we wish we could go back and change. We may carry burdens from the past that hold us back from experiencing the fullness of life that God has for us. In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul writes:
"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Paul urges us to let go of the past and move forward toward the goal that God has set before us. We cannot change what has already happened, but we can choose how we respond to it. We can choose to hold on to bitterness, regret, and resentment, or we can choose to forgive, let go, and move forward.
When we let go of the past, we are free to embrace the future that God has for us. We can step into the fullness of life and the purpose that He has planned for us. We can trust that God is with us every step of the way, guiding us and leading us forward.
As we seek to let go of the past and move forward, let us turn to God in prayer. Let us ask for His help in releasing the burdens that we carry, and let us trust in His promises for the future. May we press on toward the goal that He has set before us, and may we find the peace and joy that comes from letting go and moving forward in faith.
Pray with us
Dear God, help me to let go of the past and move forward in faith. Give me the strength to release the burdens that I carry, and the courage to forgive and let go of bitterness and resentment. Help me to trust in Your promises for the future, and to walk on the path that You have set before me. Amen.