13 No, dear brothers and sisters, 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, 14I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
Why do we hold on so long to our past? We need to seek God’s forgiveness and hand our mistakes over to Him. Do not hold on to the hurts because His Light shines through you when you reflect His love, mercy and grace through your faith in Him. Too many times we focus upon the sins instead of Who forgives our sins and that is Jesus.
Now understand there are times God will want you to give your testimony. There may be times He desires you to help someone who is experiencing what you have been through. When you are sharing what He has done in you, now He is helping someone else through you. When He is going through you understand it is for His glory. We have never been through anything that He did not know would happen. He loves you and wants you to walk in faith that reflects His love, mercy and grace.
So do not hold on to the past, but let it go so you can now hold on to His blessings.