8 Nov


     ARE YOU OR YOUR SPOUSE weighed down or burdened by events from your past? I think some Christians are living life like someone who is trying to drive a car but can’t take his eyes off the rearview mirror. In your own family, you may need to help your mate understand that he or she has no business dwelling on things God has already forgotten.

     One woman I know had been in an ungodly dating relationship that she finally broke off. During the next year, Isaiah 43:18,19 became very real to her, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. “What a promise! If you or your spouse struggles over foolish choices in the past, may I encourage you to dwell upon the promise of this passage?

     Along the same lines, Paul writes, “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (phil. 3:13, 14). Paul refused to focus on his rearview mirror. He resolutely looked forward-at the person of Christ. Help your mate do the same. Encourage your children to learn to deal with their failures and receive God’s grace.

NOTE:  This article came from the book Family Life & Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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