You can rent all the games from the 2014 World Cup through Brazilian pay-per-view, EXCEPT the one where Brazil lost by a landslide. At first I thought this was because they wanted to pretend it never happened, but later I realized that it was for the simple reason that NO ONE WOULD PAY TO WATCH IT AGAIN.
Oh, if only we Christians could be as wise. How often we review our past sins and pay the bitter price of regret and shame over and over again. Why do we do this when Jesus has paid the highest price of all, the spilling of His own precious blood, that we might experience free and full forgiveness? (Eph 1:7) This doesn’t mean God ignores our sins. It just means that after we’re forgiven, we have permission to move on (“Go and sin no more.” – John 8:11).
Author Aldous Huxley (an atheist!) once wrote, “If you have behaved badly, repent. Make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
I need to remember that next time I equate self-flagulation with humbleness. It’s the exact opposite because dwelling on past sins is a form of pride; I’m basically saying my sins are too big for God to take care of, which takes a lot of audacity. And it belittles the love and power of God.
As we look toward the new year, lets cancel our mental cable channel called “past sins” and walk in the riches of His grace and mercy.