I am so thankful that according to 1 Co 13, God keeps no record of wrongs. And when the accuser comes to the bar with blame, Jesus, my advocate, stands before God presenting an empty evidence file folder.
So, why am I still accepting blame as part of my identity? And why is my identity still defined by those who hurt me in the past?
Where exactly is the enemy getting these accusations from?
If I have repented, God can’t remember them. And if I have truly forgiven those in my past I shouldn’t be recalling them to bring my own accusation, right? Does the enemy keep a record of the wrongs done to and by everyone on earth? He’s not omniscient, or omnipresent. How does he know everything I’ve done wrong?
I’m wondering if the only records of blame the enemy can use are coming from the files in my own soul. I know what I’ve done and have felt the sting of shame many times over them. I’ve gone to the Lord to forgive me for the same past mistake over and over. And I’ve had the Lord say to me, “I thought we settled this why do you bring it back up?” I seem dredge up more stuff from that sea of forgetfulness than bluegill from the local stocked pond.
I can blame the enemy for bringing it back up, but I don’t think he has books titled “Everything Pj has Done Wrong” or “Everything That has been Done to PJ.”
Nope, I do believe there’s actually a filing cabinet in my mind and heart. I have indeed kept chronological records of my own wrongs as well as those against me. So when the enemy comes to accuse, he just goes to that filing cabinet, pulls out a fully stuffed file folder and recites the contents to me and the Lord in accusation before God.
The word FORGIVE means to let go. Let go of offense I have with others and myself.
If I need to take every thought captive, that means thoughts of shame and blame too. If I bring my thoughts in alignment with the knowledge of Christ, I know that he cannot blame me if I have repented and accepted His sacrifice. And I am a new creature in Christ, so how can the old damage done to me define this new person?
So the minute I feel shame or blame, I need to get that file out and have a ‘shred day,’ so the accuser has nothing more to indict me with.
The scriptures below say it better than I can:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight… (Ephesians 1:3-4)
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and HE will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 )
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:16-18)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
… Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25)
…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.(Psalm 103:12)
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. (Is 43:16)
And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev 21:5)
We shred arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 )
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)