Think about this for a moment. God is concerned with the path we are currently on. Those times we have walked upon the pathway of poor decisions and sin should only serve as a reminder of where we’ve been. It should not define who we are now. I can truly thank the Lord for those times in my past. Why? Because I have learned from them. I tell my children often that the best lessons are the ones learned. Would I make the same decisions again if I had it to do over? Of course not. But I have become stronger in my faith because of it. I have been shown the light of victory and I have been given a testimony. I can thank God for that.
Think about this as well. God desires us to use those poor decisions in our past to help teach others the truth and to point them to God. After King David repented of his sin against God of adultery, murder, lies, and covetousness he wrote in Psalm 51:
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
So, my prayer is simple. Lord, lead me in paths of righteousness, for Your name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)