Everyone has a past, but that's exactly what it is our past, we were never perfect, we are not perfect now, we will not be perfect until we are in heaven with Jesus.
God in His mercy and grace forgives our past, changes our present and has already prepared a place for our future.
There are consequences for our sins and choices, but even in them, God is there giving us His mercy and grace.
Abraham went to Egypt, talked Sarai into going along with a lie to tell Pharoh that she was his sister, Sarai was beautiful and Pharoh wanted her for his own so he took her, and gave Abraham great wealth, then God punished Pharoh for Abraham's lie.
Wait, what? yes God punished Pharoh, and Pharoh sent Abraham away with Sarai, and all the things he gave him, but Abraham didn't get off without suffering any consequences, although we don't read about them for a while.
Abraham's nephew Lot, goes to Sodom and is told to leave, his wife looks back and is turned to a pillar of salt, Abraham gets his wife’s slave ( who came from his visit to Egypt) pregnant, and his children Ishmael from Hagar the slave and Isaac from Sarah, his wife dislike each other, and their descendants are still at war today.
These events happened because Abraham didn't trust God, and he lied to save his own skin.
But the good news is this, God took all this and changed the world, He forgave Abraham, He forgot Abraham's sin and we read that God was proud to be called his God, and God speaks of his faithfulness, not his failures throughout Scripture.
From Adam to Zacchaeus we see God takes imperfect people and changes the world, and that is good news because you and I fall into this category of imperfect people and God can use us.
He calls us to be obedient, but even in our disobedience He loves us and gives us mercy and grace, He works to help us and keep us on the right path, but we must do our part, we must learn to walk humbly with God, act justly, and love mercy, pray for others that they may be saved from the will of the devil, we need to flee our fleshly desires, not get entangled by the things of the world, but stay faithful and true to God the Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and be lead by the Holy Spirit in all things.
This is our purpose, this is our call, this is Gods will for us all, most of the world will never open the Bible and read the stories God put in there, but they will read each of us and see how we live in the story of God in our lives.
God's Word says this:
The Story of Abraham, his sin and consequences are found in Genesis 12-19
“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 CSB
“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the one who had promised was faithful. Therefore, from one man — in fact, from one as good as dead — came offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and as innumerable as the grains of sand along the seashore. These all died in faith, although they had not received the things that were promised. But they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. But they now desire a better place — a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He received the promises and yet he was offering his one and only son, the one to whom it had been said, Your offspring will be traced through Isaac. He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead; therefore, he received him back, figuratively speaking.” Hebrews 11:8-19 CSB
“You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the commanding officer. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer ought to be the first to get a share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and descended from David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer to the point of being bound like a criminal. But the word of God is not bound. This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy: For if we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to fight about words. This is useless and leads to the ruin of those who listen. Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. Avoid irreverent and empty speech, since those who engage in it will produce even more godlessness, and their teaching will spread like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are among them. They have departed from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and are ruining the faith of some. Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, bearing this inscription: The Lord knows those who are his, and let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness. Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some for honorable use and some for dishonorable. So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, because you know that they breed quarrels. The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth. Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:1-26 CSB
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