6Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
“Remember not the sins of my youth…” What a glory to be able to pray such a prayer! The sins of our past are not a hindrance to the future in our lives if we have gone to God through Jesus Christ for grace and forgiveness. This is a marvellous liberating thing. Do not dwell on the past. To do so is to challenge the grace that He has lavished on us in the forgiveness of all our sins. How many Christians are miserable and ineffective because of dwelling on past sins? God has forgotten them and we would do well to do the same.
The thought that we were too sinful in the past to be forgiven and useful does not come from God and it certainly does not bring praise to God who saved us for His glory. Our past sins are a horrible mark upon our lives and many times they affect us and others for a long, long time. But we should not allow them to continue to render us useless.
Only the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was powerful enough to get you from under the punishment they deserve and if you are a true believer, that is exactly what He has done for you. Don’t live as if He couldn’t handle all your sin. He loves you too much for that.