Imagine standing by and enjoying the sight of an innocent man stoned to death for his faith in Christ (Acts 7:54-8:1).
That was the former life of the Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:4-6).
How did Paul overcome such an ungodly past?
How do we overcome the sins in our past?
Paul moved from past to future, from failure to success (Philippians 3:13-14) these ways:
1. He "Remembered" who he was in the past.
Paul often shared his testimony without excuse (1 Corinthians 15:9), even calling himself "the worst of sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15).* Honest, humble confession is important for "forgetting" our past.
2. He served God faithfully in the present.
3. He let God's opinions shape his future.
Galatians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-5
And this is how we can move beyond our past too.
* Paul was using literary hyperbole when he made this statement, but his intent was to confirm the fact that only through Jesus could he overcome such a terrible past.