(Philippians 3:13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I notice that when I get into high gear spiritually, the deceiver tries to remind me of my past. He tries to make me regret and mope over those I could have taught. He reminds me of my sinful past. He reminds me of my failures.
I don’t think Satan would bother if this method were not effective. The more time I spend contemplating things I can’t fix, the less time I have to focus on spiritual growth and serving others. Thankfully, as I have matured spiritually, I can bring myself quickly to remember the blood of Jesus and the great sacrifice that was made so I can be forgiven of those “human” moments.
Paul writes to Philippi that he (who persecuted God’s people, who held the coats of those who stoned Stephen) could forget those things and could press on without the anchor chain of guilt.
(Philippians 3:14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
If we are to grow, we need to put it all behind us. Satan will do his best to drag us down in guilt.
Trust God to forgive. Then Press on.