"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before" -Philippians 3:13
Paul makes a strong point to Philippians to forget all those wrongs done in the past. Not looking back into the darkness but look forward into light just like a racer whose focus is to look ahead to win the race effectively. He then explains how a Christian's focus ought to be purely on Christ. Rather than looking to the past, or to ourselves, we ought to look forward, to an eternity with the Lord.
Growth is a continuing process in the spiritual life. To grow as a believer you’ve got to be in the race. It is God who enables us to cover up the past, to forget the unforgettable, to erase those memories which paralyze us. God surrounds us with His love, mercy, and shouts, “Your past is forgiven!” From such redeeming grace, we find that peace which comes in forgetting. That peace enables us to forget, to begin anew. As per 2 Corr 5:17 believer is a new human being: old things are passed away and all things become NEW.
Heavenly Father, thanks for this new day. My past is trying to consume my everyday. I am constantly reminded of it. It replays in my mind daily, like a broken record. Teach me to forgive myself as well as others who have done wrong to me, just as You forgave the world. In the name of Jesus, Amen.