Mindful, not Mournful

When I think about past sins, I can’t help but cringe.

Recalling the mistakes I’ve made in my walk with Christ is never a comfortable experience. When circumstances arise that call to mind the ways I have erred against my God, the events flood back into my mind.

What happens at this point is key.

As a born-again believer in Christ, I know that His blood covered my sins. I know that I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I am saved. Christ is my Advocate and God is my King. But my memory still exists. So I have to remind myself…

Be mindful, not mournful.

This is an important distinction.

To be mindful of my sin is to learn from it. Recognize the patterns that lead to it. Confess quickly. Be thankful for the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

To be mournful is to lack faith in God in His ability to be forgetful. To attempt to undermine the might of Christ’s precious blood and it’s ability to satisfy my debt.

If we continue to mourn our sin, we continue to be weighed down by burdens that we ought not have. We lack faith. We do not claim the power of forgiveness. We lessen the impact of the cross.

Be mindful, not mournful.