“It’s time you stop keeping score and start speaking life.”
It can be so easy to keep a mental scoreboard of all the ways you’ve been wronged by someone. How many times have you told your spouse that you “forgive” them, only to bring up that situation later as evidence against them in a heated argument? Or how often have you recalled your parents’ past sins in your mind as justification to stay angry at them?
We’ve all done it. We’ve all been guilty of taking out the scoreboard at some point. But what good does it do for anyone? It may make you feel better for a moment, but it will inevitably make the situation worse for everyone involved. As Pastor Josh taught as we wrapped our series, Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, keeping score of past hurts is not only harmful, but it’s crippling. It can keep people from reaching their full potential in the future because they are constantly living in the shadow of their past.
The Bible constantly talks about being “made new” in Christ. If you choose to be a follower of Jesus, you are choosing to leave your past behind and begin your new life in Him. Here are some verses that illustrate this:
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
So the next time you consider picking up the scoreboard and adding to it, remember that your own scoreboard has been completely wiped. In Christ, there is no keeping score, because your score was taken away through Jesus and His work on the cross. Put down the scoreboard, and instead choose to not remember past wrongs against you. It’s what your Heavenly Father has done for you.
Watch the full message from Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe at www.nextlevel.church/watch.