One area that I see with some people who turn their life around is that they forget the damaged trail they left behind. This could be a deadbeat parent, a dysfunctional friendship or even a romantic relationship. For example, a person might have sex with women or men they had no intentions of committing to or marrying. These women/men might have thought they were the one, but in their partner’s mind they were just a “meantime” fling until the “real” one came along. So now, they’re married, happy, on the right path and saved, but they left behind some broken hearts-a trail of hurt, damaged men/women. While God doesn’t want us to live with guilt and condemnation, it will help free others by reaching back and simply saying, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry I used you. I’m sorry I had no intentions of marrying you. I am sorry that I didn’t value you and honor you. I am sorry I didn’t value our marriage because I didn’t understand its holiness. I am sorry I wasn’t a good parent. I am sorry because now I am changed and realize how I might have hurt you. God has forgiven me and I hope you can too.”
Leaving the past behind is exactly what God wants us to do, but when we leave a damaged trail, we have to keep in mind that some others might be “stuck” in grief because of the hurt we caused. You might not be able to ask for forgiveness from everyone in your past, and in this case, receive forgiveness from the Lord and don't look behind. But when you can reach back, saying I'm sorry blesses people and releases them to move forward. So today, pray for those you’ve hurt along the way and ask in Jesus’ name that they be free to become new in Christ just like you! And then, let it go moving FORWARD without regret one day at a time.
(2 Corinthians 7:10) For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.