“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-18 NLT
The way we remember things really comes down to a science in the brain. Our brains have a specific memory network that kicks into gear whenever we are trying to remember something according to Elizabeth Kensinger from Boston College...
"When we're having an emotional reaction, the emotional circuitry in the brain kind of turns on and enhances the processing in that typical memory network such that it works even more efficiently and even more effectively to allow us to learn and encode those aspects that are really relevant to the emotions that we're experiencing.”
Our brains our wired to remember our experiences from an emotional perspective which creates certain feelings. That is why negative memories can linger much longer than good ones.
The “letting go” of the old is an important issue to the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5. If we are willing to let go of what we were by focusing on the new person Christ is creating us to be, then we really do become “new” individuals through the eyes of our Savior. All of this happens in a supernatural way because Christ died to help us forgive the “old” and embrace the “new.” This gift we receive comes down to a complete renewal as we trade in the old feelings for new ones related to the fact that Christ doesn’t see you the way you were but he sees the incredible person you were created to be. Although Christ’s death and resurrection was a one time event, this renewing is a daily choice we make.
Prayer: Lord, help me to drive my feelings toward the fact that you died for every bad thing that has ever happened to me. Because of your resurrection from the dead I, too, can have a mind that is renewed and refreshed every single day I’m on this planet. Renew me today…
Additional reading: Read all of 2 Corinthians 5 to encourage your heart in this great gift God has given us