Martin Luther brought up a good point that still needs attention today. We have all sinned, but some people remember their sin as if it occurred this very day before they repented. We need to take stock in what we think. I must say that Joyce Meyers has the market on this subject. Invest in what you think about. It can be hard work at times because we need to put every thought into Christ’s hands. If we don’t put past sins in their place then temptation to doubt may set in.
Martin said, “When man perceives his sins in this light and is completely terrified in his conscience, he must be on guard that his sins do not remain in his conscience, for nothing but pure doubt certainly comes out of this. But just as the sins flowed out of Christ and we became conscious of then, so should we pour then again on him and set our conscience free. Therefore see well to it that you act not like perverse people, who bite and devour themselves with their sins in their heart and run here and there with their good works or their own satisfactions or even work themselves out of this condition by means of indulgences.” p. 121 Martin Luther in his own words – Jack D. Kilcrease and Erwin W. Lutzer.
Pray that the Lord lead us not into temptation.
Martin goes on to say, “Then cast your sins from yourself and on Christ; believe with a celebratory spirit that your sins are his wounds and sufferings, that he carries them and makes satisfaction for them, as Isaiah 53:6 says: “The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”; and St. Peter in his First Epistle (2:24): “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree” of the cross; and St Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” On these and like passages you must rely completely, and so much the more when your conscience torments you.” p. 122
What if you walked through today forgetting your past sins? How would you feel? Would you be able to enjoy and love the Lord more? Would you be happier and free? Isn’t this the way Christ wants us to live. Something to think about!
Nehemiah 8:10 “. . .Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”