Don’t paint brush the past. It doesn’t own you but it doesn’t have to be ignored.
John 8 v 31-33
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
It is strange how we forget history, conveniently.
They go all the way back to Abraham, missing out Moses and the Exodus where from? From slavery! They have been slaves before historically but they seem to have overlooked this detail.
Some desire to cover over their past for fear of exposure and the shame of an event. Some disown themselves from it, they paint themselves out of the picture and say they were not there.
No one is free from the failures of the past. But ignoring those failures can keep us trapped within them.
The step to freedom is truth.