The old man always wants to go back to the past and is not able to let go of the past. Many people, including believers, live with a lot of pain, hurt, sadness, angriness and hate, that are caused in the past. They have been mistreated, physically and/or mentally abused, falsely accused, they’ve experienced trauma’s or …. you name it.
Every day of their lives, they are controlled and tortured by these negative feelings, while holding others accountable. They want apologies, take revenge to get even, and ensure that they will be punished, for the evil and injustice that has been done to them. They think, that when they get apologies, take revenge, and punish the person, that their pain will go away and that they can continue with their lives. But the truth is, that none of the these things, will take away the pain, and will redeem them from these feelings and the past.
Old are passed away, all things are become new
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Cor 5:17)
The old man is crucified with Jesus Christ and doesn’t exist anymore; the old man is buried in the water. But you not only died in Jesus Christ. By the baptism with the Holy Spirit, you’ve been risen from the death, and have become a new creation.
Your spirit, who was death, has become alive and shall reign in your life.
You shall no longer be ruled by your flesh; senses, emotions, thoughts, findings etc.. But you shall be ruled by your spirit, who cooperates, with the Holy Spirit and is united with Jesus Christ and the Father.
You shall walk after the Spirit according to His will, and not after the flesh and according to your will. You shall seek those things which are above, and not the things, which are on this earth.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.(Col 3:1-3)
How to be redeemed from the past?
One of the first things you will do, when you become a new creation, is forgive others. You will forgive those, who have hurt or mistreated you (or your family). You shall no longer think about the past. And if you do think about the past, you won’t feel any kind of pain anymore.
There are many people, including believers, who are still being ruled by their past. Because of that, they live with a lot of pain, hurt, and hatred towards others. They hold others responsible, for what has been done to them. But if believers, walk around with so much pain and feelings of hatred towards others, and are still focused on some kind of revenge, proofs that they haven’t been redeemed in Jesus Christ. They are still stuck in the past and haven’t become a new creation, but are still the old creation.
Because the new creation, who has become in Jesus Christ, a son of God, doesn’t need any apology, retribution, and doesn’t want to take revenge to get even, but will only forgive.
The new creation will forgive, because the love God has entered and dwells in his/her heart. But the love of God is another kind of love, then what the world calls love.
The love of God is a love, that doesn’t repay evil for evil, retaliate. The love of God doesn’t look back at the past and doesn’t want to take revenge or retribution, but forgives. It is a self-sacrificial love, that doesn’t seek itself, that isn’t hateful towards others etc. This is the love, in which the new creation should walk in.
The devil wants people to stay a slave of the past
The devil wants people to look back and go back to the past. This way he ensures, that people will get stuck in the past and become overwhelmed by all kinds of negative feelings. We see more and more, that people keep digging up past events, and make them the topic of the day again. But they often are not aware of the pain, hurt and anger they are causing in the lives of many people. And that’s exactly, what the devil wants.
As long as a person remain bound by the past, (s)he shall remain a slave of the past, and shall not walk in the newness of life in Jesus Christ.
The person shall live in bondage and not in freedom.
But God doesn’t want you to stay a slave of the past. God doesn’t want you to keep living in the past and be controlled by your past. He doesn’t want you to remember and consider the old things from your past. He says:
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Freedom through forgiveness
Jesus knew, that the only way to deal with the past, and to let go of the past, is through forgiveness. Forgiveness is the only way to forget the past.
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and become a new creation, by water and Spirit, your past will be gone. God doesn’t remember your past anymore, it is erased by the blood of Jesus. He has forgiven you! How great is God’s mercy! If God doesn’t remember your past, you shouldn’t remember your past.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Col 2:13-15)
If you cannot forgive others, the Father will not forgive you
Jesus says, that if you cannot forgive others, then the Father will not forgive you either.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Mat 6:14-15)
Therefore, let go of the past, so that you may live! Forgive those, who have hurt you. When you forgive those, who have hurt you, Jesus shall take away all your pain, and all these negative feelings, that are connected to your pain. He will remove them out of your life, by the power of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus redeems you from these feelings, you shall be healed, and you shall no longer be a slave of the past. You shall be freed and shall live in the newness of life; in the freedom of Jesus Christ.
‘Be the salt of the earth’