A farmer was on his way home after picking up his new car. As he approached his farm, he decided to test the acceleration. He passed the side road that led to his house and drove on for a mile or so. Then, after making a sharp U-turn, he sped back toward the side road. A man driving a station wagon observed the U-turn and the farmer’s fast rate of speed, and he thought the automobile was an unmarked police car. Trying to avoid detection, he quickly headed down the road leading to the farm.
Of course, it was just his luck that the road he happened to turn down was the road leading to the farmer’s house, so the farmer turned in to. When the second driver saw what he thought was the patrolman turn in behind him, he was alarmed and drove at a high speed to escape, only to come to a dead end. He jumped out and ran, abandoning the station wagon. Later it was found to be filled with stolen coffee, cigarettes, and ammunition. His conscience had made him flee, even though no one was pursuing him.
That is like so many believers. They are running in guilt and they have no joy. They are carrying around a load of sin, may be even things they’ve confessed and placed under the blood of Christ, but they are still feeling guilty over. Listen! Guilty believers are passionless believers. It’s time to follow the example fo Paul. It’s time to forget the past!