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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Paul had reason to forget the past—he had held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr. We have all done things for which we are ashamed, and we live in the tension of what we have been and what we want to be. Because our hope is in Christ, however, we can let go of past guilt and look forward to what God will help us become. Don’t dwell on your past. Instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on your relationship with him now. Realize that you are forgiven, and then move on to a life of faith and obedience. Look forward to a fuller, more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ. (NLT)
Philippians 3:7-16 – I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these thing or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sister, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already.
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. –Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV)
Jeff Riley (Oklahoma) titled his story “NO REGRETS;” here is Jeff’s story:
“While doing some spring cleaning, I came across a dust-covered bag. I expected it to be filled with useless old papers. Instead I was surprised to find old letters, cards, and photographs from around the time of my high school graduation.
“Life has not always been kind to me, yet in many ways God has blessed me. Still, as I looked at these mementos from when my life was full of promise and potential, I felt a pang of regret for what I perceived as a life of failure and mediocrity. I yearned for that earlier time when things seemed simpler and safer. If only I could change the poor decisions I have made, I thought, I might be able to reverse their bitter effects.
“In truth, life was not easier then. Through these hard years I have matured, and God has taught me wisdom, building me into a person of faith. From our new birth of salvation, we journey onward toward our heavenly home. The goal doesn’t lie behind us; there is no benefit in going back. Our life in Christ may be many things, but it will never be a life of regret.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My future in Christ outshines the regrets of my past.
Prayer: Wise and loving God, thank you for freeing us from the past. Lead us on toward your purpose for our lives. Amen.
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