In the Bourne Identity series, Matt Damon plays a special ops agent who has forgotten his past. Suffering from amnesia, Damon searches for clues to figure out who he is. Little by little, flashes of his memory returns, yet numerous passports with different names makes this quest even more difficult. Two films later in the Bourne Ultimatum, a sympathetic agent reveals his true identity, David Webb. However, it was David who agreed to kiss his past goodbye.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, Acts 3:19.
In the real world, there isn’t a day that goes by without someone making a mistake, saying something regretful or wasting a perfectly good day. No matter what happy face, facade or front that you may put on, imperfections permeate throughout the human body. Exercise can mask obvious blemishes, but a hidden cancer of the soul exists without any cure. Thus, whether you believe in God or not, the promise of a fresh start is alluring, worth further investigation.
Because of the LORD‘s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness, Lamentations 3:22-23.
Whether you have a friend forgive you, experience reconciliation in a broken relationship from your past or commit to starting over from scratch, these events produce peace. When these interactions are verbal, confession tends to bind people together in perfect harmony. Perhaps this spirit inspired the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30, “come to me who are tired and weary for I will give you rest.” Therefore, if you are desperate for a new lease on life, come to Jesus to kiss the pain of your past goodbye.
by Jay Mankus