Have the benefits of your transformed life caused the memories of your previous lifestyle to fade? Do you remember what you once were before Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit entered your life? Can you recall the darkness before you experienced the light? As you see the lost around you, are you aware that apart from God’s grace, you’d be lost too, right there amongst them?
Men, you should never wallow in, or be a slave to, your past. But, don’t ever forget where you came from and how you were brought to where you are now. Paul told Titus: “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. But then God our Savior showed us His kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.”
You’ve lived in sin. Your heart was acquainted with pain, hopelessness, and spiritual confusion. Remember, you were saved because of the love and kindness of God – period. You didn’t save yourself. And you weren’t saved because you were good, or because your life was so resplendent that God was put in your debt.
Don’t ever forget this, guys. It will keep you humble and it will give you hope for others.