September 6, 2021•436 words
Coffee & Christian Worldview
Appropriately remembering the past, and how to use it correctly.
As the Bible teaches: be honest.
Everyone has a past, behavior they are rightly ashamed of.
Don't pretend it didn't happen.
But not everyone needs to know. It would simply be inappropriate to share that information.
What might be inappropriate to share with everyone?
Example: a Christian man posting that he won't be doing ministry any longer because of a "moral failure." That's all.
Further information is none of your business.
Right to know and need to know.
The Bible does not require a play-by-play confession.
The personal relationship is a factor.
Example: future spouse, and past behavior resulted in having a disease.
Being honest does not mean every detail. But at times, it will be necessary.
Honesty does not mean telling every person.
James 5:16, Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
It doesn't mean not saying anything, ever. Nor does it mean full-disclosure.
What about employing other experiences, dealing with difficult experiences, without obsessing over it?
An unhealthy thinking and meditating on past bad experiences, in a way that affects you presently.
It begins with the Gospel.
The character of God, being all-knowing, sovereign, allows things to happen.
Trust in God, without the answer to "why?"
Deal with it one category at a time. "God knows."
Start with the characteristics of God. He's all-powerful. He's all knowing.
Interpreting your past experience according to the truth of Scripture, rather than interpreting God by your experience.
When something comes back to you, pray. Confess to him, and trust him for his power.
Believe God's grace is sufficient.
Remember God's purpose is our sanctification, our good, and his glory.
Do you "thank God" for that bad experience?
The Bible says "give thanks in" all circumstances. Not for, but in.
1 Thessalonians 5:18, in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Evil is not good, and good is not evil—though evil is used for good.
Evil does not become good.
Romans 8:28, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
Even if you don't understand, trust that God will take care of you.
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Written by Bryan Teoh