One of the most painful things in life must be that strange amalgam of regret and lasting consequences of mistakes of the past. The psychological damage of self-inflicted wounds are some of the worst. Many simply cannot seem to overcome them because not only do guilt and shame continue to plague the soul but also the emotional fabric of life seems irreparably torn, never to be whole again, never to function the way it once did. It’s like our past sins continue to haunt us until the day we die.
Is there relief from this haunting? Can we escape from the damage caused by our own choices, especially ones we made in the foolishness of youth? Yes, there is healing, but it is not easy. It takes a measure of humility and repentance, along with the process of turning over our pain and guilt to the Lord Himself in the spiritual realm. It takes turning over each an every ghost of our past to Jesus… and if they should attempt to return to haunt us again we need to send them back to Jesus.
One of the most wonderful things must be to experience release from past failures. This must be what David wrote about in Ps. 25. He states, “Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.” David had his fair share of soul shattering sin. How could he put it together again? How? God was gracious to David, and although David experienced much of the consequences for his actions, ultimately God was both merciful and gracious to him.
How much more wonderful is God’s healing to us who have the finished work of forgiveness and unbroken spiritual connection to God through the cross of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit? Some of the most wonderful people in the world are those who’s sin are forgiven, who’s faults are not held against them, and who’s souls have been remade in Jesus.
Are you haunted by past sins? Do you remember your failures daily and suffer? Go to God and ask Him to clean out your soul, take from you the ghosts of your past and fill you with His Spirit.