“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
As I read the above scriptures, my heart speaks about “the past”! Imagine that we project a today’s fact onto the past. Let’s imagine that we “judge” our present based on our past. What could happen when we “mix” our past and our present?
Someone wrote: “don’t let your past destroying your present and your future!” Another saying is: “we go on from where we stand. There is no profit in ifs”. Wise words and I believe that we understand the truth probably through our own experiences in life.
The last sentence “But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved” inspires and empowers me a lot! I understand that I can’t mix old things and new ones. Looking at my life, I can remember when I was mixing situations and the result was complicated! I had to end with one and start with something new.
When we have a new beginning with Christ – due to our own decision and choice – we carry a new wine and we need to put it in a new wineskin. Obviously this new wineskin is not our body as we can’t change our body; we can’t change what happened and we can’t change our past. What we can do is to create a new “wineskin” through new attitude, new works, new perspectives and new renewal of our minds. We know that we have the Holy Spirit as the no.1 helper and counsellor – none better than Him!
So, take heart and go on from where you stand! Amen!
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