Have you ever seen an infomercial advertising a detergent that “leaves things looking like new” and thought sounds too good to be true? It’s that same skepticism which keeps us from seeking God’s forgiveness. I’ve often thought, there’s no way God can forgive me now, thinking that He wouldn’t be able to see past my failures or sins. Truth be told, God doesn’t see us in our present state. He sees what we can be through Him, He looks at us with love and mercy because we are His children, His creation. Shame and guilt try to use our past to keep us from God, but there’s a saying that goes “When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future”.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)