By Dr. Nicolas Ellen, Biblical Counseling Professor
Finally, in order to deal with the past, you must pursue the prize of being with and knowing Jesus Christ (Phil 3:7-14). You must consider the treasure of this life as nothing compared to knowing Christ. What you want from the past cannot compare to what Christ will provide in the future. The pain you have been running from cannot compare to the pleasure you can run to with Christ Jesus in the present. Wanting someone from the past to treat you right can’t compare to God treating you right forever in paradise. Consumed with wishing the way things could have been if the person would not have done what he or she did will not compare to what it will be like in Heaven with Christ Jesus.
You must set your mind on things above instead of things below (Col 3:1-4). If you don’t do this, you will find yourself disobedient and unloving in the present towards God and others because of past experiences. You must let go of preoccupation with past accomplishments, rewards, and experiences and pursue the hope of the new life in Christ (Phil 3:13-14). Until you run the race set before you by God and pursue that which is ahead of you instead of that which is behind you, there will be a disconnect between you, God, and others. You must enjoy what God has provided now without being consumed with what you believed you lacked in the past.
I saw a movie where this racecar driver took the rear view mirror down, and his partner asked him why. He said “What’s behind me is not important!” You must take the rear view mirror of the past out of your life because It is where you are going not what’s behind you that is important. God has called us to a higher calling,; He is moving us to a higher place; He is taking us somewhere that we have never been before, and He is giving us a peace that surpasses all understanding. Let go of the past, and pursue Him for the future. Rest assured that it will change your outlook, you attitude, and your actions towards God and others.
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