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Forgetting Past Hurts

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How can you forget being hurt by someone close

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Forgetting Past Hurts

How Do you Forgive Abuse

Philippians 3:12–16 AV 1873
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 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, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

Obtain can mean to take hold of, to receive, to make one’s own, to apprehend in the moral or spiritual sense. So Paul may have been saying that he had not fully grasped all the meaning of Christ in his life. There is more to receive by pressing on. The power of Christ in Paul’s life aroused him to want to know Christ better, and this would take a lifetime.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

Obtain can mean to take hold of, to receive, to make one’s own, to apprehend in the moral or spiritual sense. So Paul may have been saying that he had not fully grasped all the meaning of Christ in his life. There is more to receive by pressing on. The power of Christ in Paul’s life aroused him to want to know Christ better, and this would take a lifetime.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

Paul saw the Christian life as a process. While believers are considered righteous when they accept salvation, their entire lives are marked by growth toward Christlikeness. Complete perfection will not be obtained until Christ’s second coming, when he will take his people with him. While Paul may have seemed like a nearly perfect Christian to his Philippian friends, he emphasized that he had not obtained perfect knowledge of Christ, the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his suffering, and conformity to his death (3:10). All of these were part of the process of sanctification—of getting to know Christ better and better as he lived the Christian life. And even Paul, despite all his sufferings and victories for Christ, still had much to learn. He had not yet been made perfect. He knew that only upon Christ’s return would all believers be made perfect in knowledge and experience, but he was willing to press on to take hold of the goal—living and working for Christ—because of what Christ had done for him.

Give excerpt of your life’s experience.
Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

3:13 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

Excerpt from your life’s experience
Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

LET IT GO

We have all done things for which we are ashamed, and we live in the tension of what we have been and what we want to be. Because our hope is in Christ, however, we can let go of past guilt and look forward to what God will help us become. Don’t dwell on your past. Instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on your relationship with him now. Realize that you are forgiven, and then move on to a life of faith and obedience. Look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life because of your hope in Christ.

Trust and faith, not in yourself, but in Christ will guide you to how to move on without dwelling on the what’s, why’s and how’s. Explain
Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

As a runner straining every effort toward the finish line, Paul pressed on toward the goal. In Greek athletic games, the winner’s prize was a garland or palm branch. While Paul didn’t identify the prize, it seems from his writing above that the prize refers to gaining full knowledge of Jesus Christ (see also 1 Corinthians 9:24; 2 Timothy 4:7–8). Paul aimed to win the prize, but all who finish the race win it as well. The full knowledge of Christ is the final prize for which believers gladly lay aside all else.

Tell the story of your race in High School, when you fell trying to impress a young lady. “lol”
Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING

Like a dedicated athlete, Paul wanted to run the race and gain full knowledge of Christ. The first-time marathon runner has periodic thoughts about quitting, especially during the last six miles. By then, the novelty of the experience has faded to the dull regularity of the pace; early adrenaline has given way to soreness and fatigue. Others around him or her are limping along, and some have dropped out entirely.

But dedicated runners must keep going. Somewhere out there is a finish line. Ask yourself these questions:

• What kind of race are you running for Christ?

• What prize do you seek?

• What kind of opposition do you face in your struggle to live as a Christian?

• How can Christ help you stay on track and reach the goal?

• What spiritual workout or training this week will help you run your Christian marathon?

• In what way can you renew your commitment to press on toward the goal of being like Christ?

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

3:15 All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

After Paul described his spiritual goals, he explained to the Philippians that all mature believers should take such a view. That is, they too ought to be pressing on toward the goal. Mature believers would understand that they could not, in their own humanity, gain perfection and acceptance by God (as opposed to the teachings of the Judaizers). Yet because of their love for Christ, they willingly pressed on to follow his example in order to become more like him in life, all the while knowing that they were promised to know him fully upon their death (or his return).

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

Spiritual pride had found its way into some of the believers; apparently a few felt that they had reached a holier status than their fellow believers, causing them to look down on those whom they thought less “mature.” Yet Paul made clear that those who were truly mature were those who realized their dependence on God.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

Sometimes trying to live a perfect Christian life can be so difficult that it leaves us drained and discouraged. We may feel so far from perfect that we can never please God with our lives. Paul used “perfect” (3:12) to mean mature or complete, not flawless in every detail. Those who are mature should press on in the Holy Spirit’s power, knowing that Christ will reveal and fill in any discrepancy between what we are and what we should be. Christ’s provision is no excuse for lagging devotion, but it provides relief and assurance for those who feel driven.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

3:16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Life Application Bible Commentary, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon Forget the Past and Reach to the Goal / 3:12–4:1

Christian maturity involves acting on the guidance that we have already received. Live up (stochein) is a military term meaning “to keep in line” or “to keep step.” Paul knew the believers were in different stages, but everyone needed to be faithful to what they understood. The Christian community needed to march forward together.

We as Christian men and women walk to a different tune then those who are of the world. Christians have magnifying glasses on their backs, to be seen by the world. Tested by those who know they are Christians. We are watched like an eagle identify’s his prey from above.
As we mature, the magnifying glass becomes larger, and the heat from it’s lens becomes more intense. Christian maturity helps us to approach and deflect those judgmental worldly people who could one day accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. You may be the only Church they know.
Barton, B. B., & Comfort, P. W. (1995). Philippians, Colossians, Philemon (p. 97). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
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