I have someone in my life who is dealing with the ramifications of a difficult past. This morning, I read Psalm 25:7 and thought of her. And then I thought of you.
"Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!"
I don't know the circumstances of this verse, or what was happening when it was written. All I know is that the Psalmist, David, wanted God to remember HIM, not his past.
Aren't we like that?
When we have a difficult past, filled with poor choices, mistakes, embarrassments, and public sins, we just want there to be someone who will remember us for us, not for all we've done or failed to do.
David was the same. Maybe you are too, today.
If so, there is someone who sees you for you, and loves you for you. His name is Jesus, and while you were still in the midst of your past, He died to make a way to forgive you for it (Romans 5:8).
Let that truth have its way in your heart, and influence what you think about yourself today, and every day.