Digging up dirt. Skeletons in the closest. Carrying baggage.
We have colorful expressions to describe the sins of our past or that of others. None of them are elegant, and all of them remind us that the consequences of our past sins can come back to inflict more pain and damage, both upon ourselves and others.
And some memories die hard. I have heard many a conversation denigrating someone for an egregious sin, even though the person speaking was never directly involved or affected by the sin. And no matter how many years have passed since the event, whenever that name is brought it up, the conversation inevitably turns to that sin.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
God has wiped away the eternal penalties of our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on the Cross. But the memories of some sins still burns brightly for others. Sometimes, even time will not diminish the memory or hurt. The only answer is to bring these angry and bitter thoughts before God. Without God, we are complete sinners and can do nothing on our own to earn God’s favor or acceptance. When we realize the depth of God’s compassion and mercy for us, will we be able to view the sins of others in the proper perspective. God forgives all who come to Him with a truly repentant heart. And He did this so that we may also chose to forgive the sins of others.
Let go of the sins of others and hang on to the promises of God.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.