Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect,
but I press on so that I may lay hold
of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
I read this verse recently. It is a verse that the Lord often brings to my mind. God wants us to forget what has happened in the past. After all He does; He forgives and forgets. We, people, tend to say, “Yes, it’s ok” when some says that they are sorry about something; but we think about the wrong over and over.
Paul made it his goal to forget the past and keep focused on the beautiful perfection that is ahead for Christians because of Jesus Christ. Think about all that Paul had to put behind himself – murders, zealousness that was completely misdirected. How could he do that?
It is hard to forget some things. It is, especially, hard when the issue doesn’t seem settled, or the other person didn’t say that they were sorry, or it is just hard to forgive the person yourself. We each have different things that we need to put behind so that we can go forward for Christ. Let me share some verses that can be a help.
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
We will not be able to cast our cares on the Lord unless we also do Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,
but with humility of mind
regard one another as more important than yourselves;
do not merely look out for your own personal interests,
but also for the interests of others.
For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.”
And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”
For if you forgive others for their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.
The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.