Don’t Look Back!

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As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man, has no place to lay his head.”  He said to another man, “follow me.”  But the man replied, “Lord first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  still another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go back and say good by to my family.”  Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God,”  (Luke 9:57-62)

Looking back hinders you from moving forward

Don’t look back at conflict with bitterness and put blame.  Live at peace  (Job 7:11)  (Ruth 1:1, 13)

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  (Hebrews 12:14)

Don’t look back at old conflicts that makes you bitter.  (Ruth 1:20-21)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Look ahead the best is yet to come (Ruth 4:13-15, 16-17))

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward to Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 3:13-14)



Posted by admin in Sermons on December 30, 2012