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Judged By My Past

I would like to know why is it I change my ways, but still I'm judged by my past. Why?

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a follower of the Lord Jesus learns to overcome and learns to forgive and to be like the Lord as the Lord has forgiven. Their inability to forgive or their judging you is a sin to them not you. Forgive them for not forgiving you or judging you!! Once you have repented from your past to God and asked for forgiveness or made restitution to the people you have hurt or have wronged it is up to you to forgive yourself too. the motive behind people who cannot forgive or continue to judge is their hope you will backslide to your past. It is important to stay away from people who do or if it is a family member limit your time with them.
---Follower_of_Christ on 9/1/12

Mark, what you are speaking of is Contrition. That is true repentance. It is genuine. It includes a deep remorse for having offended God. The contrite person openly and fully confesses his sin with no attempt to excuse it or justify it. This acknowledgement of sin is coupled with a willingness to make restitution whenever possible and resolve to turn away from sin. This is the Spirit of repentance that David exhibited in Psalm 51. Its what is called a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me..."
---Mark_V. on 8/31/12

Salvation is not a guarantee of forgiveness by the world or nature.
---chip on 8/29/12

well said
---aka on 8/29/12

Well, were you a bank robber, you can come to salvation and still have a price to pay for your past.

If you were an adulterer, you can come to salvation and still your body and mind may well have a price to pay for your past.

Salvation is not a guarantee of forgiveness by the world or nature.
---chip on 8/29/12

Our past life in the flesh must be crucified with Christ.

If it becomes an issue, then it is obviously an issue to God, Who is seeking to uncover something in the heart.

Missing the mark, before God and not men, is all that matters.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

It is good to reflect on why the primitive may arise, while attempting to walk in the new creation in Christ.2C 5:17

Behold, He makes all things new. He is faithful to will and to do of His pleasure in our mortal bodies.

Let us yield.
---Phil on 8/29/12

Though a deep bruise/ wound on the skin heals, the scar will be still be there. It is your present relationship with God/Jesus that matters most. It is only the one who never sinned that can escape what you have described totally. Do not allow it to affect you much.
---Adetunji on 8/29/12

My past is behind me, I am forgiven, but there still can be ways in me that helped to cause the evil I used to do. So, I still need to see any ways in me that are against love.

Also, if someone has been divorced, for one example, that person's ways causing the divorce could now cause it to happen again with someone else. And forgiven predators may need to be careful who they are with alone and how they are trusted. Because we do not become perfect when forgiven.

We should be forgiven, but honestly tested about how God wants us to be trusted, and encourage people to make sure with God about us instead of unhumbly expecting unquestioning trust.
---willie_c: on 8/29/12

Response to: but still I'm judged by my past. Why?
My response to your call of concern is that if you already repented by asking Jesus to forgive you and asking Him into your heart you have been saved according to the scriptures (please read these) Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8, Acts 16:31. God is the only one who could judge the heart of a person Romans 2:16. Put all your faith in the work of the Cross of Christ and the Holy Spirit will change your heart and ways. We cannot change in our own strength. The only sin God will not forgive is the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit Mark 3:29. God loves you!
---Patricia on 8/29/12

You have to make your prayer like a pillar of fire and your faith must Increase by obeying God's commandments and asking for more faith.
When you feel God close to you, then you'll feel his almighty presence Is capable of repairing all past wrongs and all failures.If It's beneficial to you ,God can do ANYTHING.Move towards Him and his Grace will overshadow you.
That's the only way to heal.
God wants your mistakes to turn Into triumphs so he gives you a steeper path that leads to higher peaks.
---reprovo on 8/27/12

Your past is all anyone knows about you. How can you be judgemental (facts) about one's future? Of course, he who is without sin, cast the first stone.
---Fred_S. on 7/2/08


Being forgiven by God is all well and fine, but if you have offended someone, or owe them something, you STILL need to at least TRY to make amends to them. God freeing you of the consequences of sin does NOT free you of the obligations to other people.

You can't tell someone "I borrowed a thousand dollars from you, but today I got saved so I don't have to pay you back because Jesus paid all my debts".
---Mark on 8/25/07

please don't worry about peoples if you have set things right in your heart with god then worry not about what mere flesh says judge not lest you be judged so everyone whose judging you will one day be judged themselves by the judge whose judgement really counts..god
---mae_osborn on 8/24/07


It depends on who is doing the judging and why. Jesus's sacrifice may remove the spiritual consequences of sin, but not the temporal ones.

Many Protestants look at the "Jesus forgives me so now I am not under any condemnation" and use this to conveniently "forget" many things (such as paying back legitimate debts, or making restitution for transgressions). This is cheap grace, and holds those to whom we legitimately owe restitution in contempt.
---Mark on 8/24/07


A good friend left his friends in charge of his business for a month when he was on his honeymoon. They spent $70,000 of his, started thier own business, and took most of his clients. THEY SAID THEY DID NOTHING WRONG. Why? Because "Jesus forgave us - you should too".

This kind of reasoning brings Christians and God into contempt.

Romans 2:24 (NIV, emphasis mine):
"As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles BECAUSE OF YOU.""
---Mark on 8/24/07

I have been judged by things done 20-25 yrs ago. Very painful when this happens. The person who is doing this is usually hard hearted and does not know how to forgive. Wants to hurt you in some way and feels if they keep bringing this up it will hurt you even more. I would be making plans to move away from this type person. It is very destructive to a relationship. It presents a barrier that cannot be easily broken down.It can be overcome but takes very hard work on the parties involved.
---Robyn on 8/23/07

And to top all that you're probably being judged by Christians. I've been there too. It is painful. Especially when your mind was messed up from someone else's choices in life. You renew your mind according to scripture but are still judged by your past. We all need to operate out of agape love! I'm a sinner, you're a sinner, no one can cast the first stone.
---Helen on 8/23/07

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All you can do is "grit your teeth" and keep going for the Lord! A good comeback to those who won't let you forget your past is to say, "I'm forgiven, not perfect". The only difference between you and any other person(s) is you have been found out - they haven't.
---WIVV on 2/21/06

Well, when you're judged by your past say, "That wasn't me." Reason why I say this is because II Corinthians 5:17 say you're a new creature in Christ. Your old man has passed away & you are new in Christ. So, you as a new creature, didn't do what you were accused of in the past.
---Rickey on 1/26/06

The longer you show that you are changed, the less your past will come into the picture. Be forgiving to the ones who may not trust you yet. The main thing is that God has forgiven you.
---john on 1/26/06

Because the person judging you over your past, hasn't changed their ways. Some can't get over the past of someone, because they don't know how to. Don't worry about it, just as long as God forgives us, it don't matter what anyone else thinks. And some people like to judge regardless of who it is or why.
---Rebecca_D on 1/26/06

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