“…even though I was previously a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief” (1 Timothy 1:13).
The grace of God confirms his greatest concern for you as a believer isn’t who you once were, or what you once did but, rather, who you are now in Christ Jesus and what you are becoming within the redemptive purposes of God. Choosing to continually live under the shadow and shame of one’s former life is but another expression of unbelief; that salvation is something to be deserved, merited, or earned. Belief in what He has accomplished in and through the person of Christ, alone, initiates the mercy and grace of God necessary for a new birth and eternal life.