Scripture in the Holy Bible talks about keeping our hands on the plow. The scriptural reference from the book of Luke speaks to the attitude a Christian is best served with regarding those moments in our lives we wish could be easily forgotten by others and even more especially ourselves. Sin and disobedience are two difficult conversations and the subject matters are even more difficult when the point of reference is we ourselves. We would not have much difficulty in talking about the sin and disobedience of others but when the subject is personalized it becomes difficult and challenging to address.
When Dr. Luke in the Bible writes about keeping our hands on the plow the reference is about a Christians individual who understands their greatest need in life, which is forgiveness from their sins. The meaning continues that a Christian is best served by not looking back at their sins and the past mistakes, struggles and battles. The reason being by looking back we lose our ability to plow a straight row and future which is before us. The sins we commit can be issues that bring lifelong consequences by still immediate forgiveness. Directing our focus on the future is always wise. Knowing where it is we as individual have come from is also beneficial. Focusing on our past is a downfall and a personal failure and drag to “Pressing Forward” as the Apostle Paul suggested.
Paul and Luke are both offering Holy Spirit guidance for living life, getting back up, and moving forward. Luke said ‘Don’t look back’ and Paul said ‘Forgetting that which is behind’. The struggle I personally continue to see in my life and in the lives of those I care about is their thinking that they are capable of living the Christian life on their own. If the guilt over our personal failures is added to the mix, then the weight of such a moment because a burden that we might perceive to be one we cannot even cast on Him because of our weakness. If this is you’re thinking then know this, His love for us was before we call on Him. His decision to give us the gift of forgiveness is not based on any part of our actions. The price is one He paid and the gift is His to give, not us to earn.
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