Many times people fail to see that Jesus Christ is able to give a new beginning to anyone regardless of what we have done. The bible tells us to remember not the former things or consider the things of old (Isaiah 43:18). We should learn to cast our eyes forward and not backward.
The Bible talks about the wife of Lot who turned to look back to Sodom and Gomorrah when the cities were being destroyed. The Bible says that “But his wife looked back from behind him” (Genesis 19:26). The wife was probably still remembering what she left back and not focusing on the new life that God was giving them. The end was that she turned into a pillar of salt, and that was the end of Lot’s wife because we never heard anything about her in the scriptures.
It is the same for those that still look back to see what they have done in the past as they end up failing to see God’s salvation plan and end up dying spiritually. We are now under Grace which flows to believers on unending basis as long as we exercise our faith in Christ and what was accomplished on the Cross (Romans 6:14).
What we all need to know is that when Jesus Christ died, we all died with Him meaning that we are dead to the sin nature. When He was buried, all our sins were also buried with Him, and therefore all our sins were also buried. When we said yes to Jesus, none of what we have done in the past will be remembered because it was already buried with Jesus Christ; and when Jesus Rose from the dead, we rose with Him, and we are now a new creation through Him, old things are passed away (II Corinthians 5:17).
Therefore, I would like to encourage those that think they cannot start a new life today in this New Year that it is possible as long as we do not focus on our past. God no longer looks at what you have done, but looks at you as e new creation from the day you believed that Jesus Christ died, was crucified, was buried and rose from the dead. Jesus Christ did this for the entire world regardless of who we are.
“There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).