The Accusing Power of Past Sins
Another way we sin by remembering is when we let the accuser (Satan) bring before our eyes the sinfulness of our past in such a way that we feel our guilt more than we feel God’s grace. the Holy Spirit convicts and the result is much sorrow that leads to much grace. The wicked one accuses and the result is much sorrow that leads to much despair. Our past sins are an ugly reality to be sure. But they are an ugly reality that has been made a part of our beautiful redemption story. They are an important part of the story and we should never shy away from who we were apart from Christ. “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” [Lk. 7:47] However, they are not the whole story. The cross would be a horrendous reminder for us were it not for the resurrection that followed. We see the cross in light of the empty tomb. We should see our past sins in light of them both. Put them in their rightful place in the story.