RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
STRIVING TO DO BETTER
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
3:13-14 Paul had reason to forget what was behind—he had held the coats of those who had stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7:57-58, Paul is called Saul here). 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 and more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Living our life for Christ sometimes is hard. It is hard to let go of our guilt or shame. When Jesus died, He died for our sin past, present and future. We have to know that our sins have been forgiven. Satan doesn’t want us to forget. Because if he can keep us in unforgiveness (SIN). He keeps a hold on us, and we are hindered in doing better. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS. He is best, so you can do better with Him guiding your life.