Around some ponds and lakes there will be a sign posted that says, "No fishing allowed." Many landowners of private ponds will post along with it, "No trespassing" signs. Which simply means, if you try to fish there you are trespassing on someone else's property.
God owns a "sea". It is the sea where He throws our repented of sins. He doesn't allow any fishing in it. But many of us try to "sneak in" and go fishing there. We cast in our lines to bring up past mistakes, past sins, and past failures that have been forgiven. We aren't by ourselves though. Others not only go there to "catch and bring up" their own sins, but they are constantly fishing for our sins as well. They like to bring up our past. They like to remind us of what we have done and the mistakes we have made. They like to keep holding them over our heads. They like to make sure that we don't forget about it. They try to keep us feeling guilty and condemned.
Not only do others go fishing for our forgiven sins, but if we will be honest-- how many times do we do the same concerning someone else. How many times have we reminded someone of what they did in the past? How many times have we exposed in their lives what God has forgiven?
I have three things I want you to take with you from this devotion:
1) Stop fishing for your past sins. God has forgiven you if you have repented. There is a reason why He has cast them away. You are trespassing in God's sea.
2) If someone else goes fishing for your sins, don't let them make you feel condemned by what they "bring up". They are trespassing in God's sea- it doesn't belong to them. God has forgiven you, and if He has... He is for you, therefore, who can be against you? Don't lose faith because of someone else.
3) Make sure you aren't guilty of trespassing in God's sea and bringing up what others have done. Remember, you reap what you sow. If you don't want them to do it to you, then don't do it to anyone else.
Have a great day. There is "No Fishing Allowed" in God's sea of forgetfulness. If you do, you are trespassing... and there is "No Trespassing Allowed" there either.
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