July 24 – Oscar Wilde

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.” According to Oscar Wilde the Irish writer and poet, best known for “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Wilde is absolutely correct. None can eliminate the past, no matter how hard we try. Guilt for past wrong-doing is deeply ingrained and refuses to be dismissed. We may call it mistakes, or mis-steps, but like it or not, God calls it sin. He reminds us that “all have sinned.” When King David yielded to his passions and fell, he fortunately came to his senses and prayed, “create in me a clean heart Oh God and renew a right spirit within me.” He was forgiven and that nagging sense of guilt was removed. And that is what God offers us. Paul explained, “If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” That’s the world’s greatest offer. He said, “the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell