Top 7 Bible Verses About Past Mistakes

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All of us have said things we wish we hadn’t and we have done things we wish that we wouldn’t have done. But what is past is done and we don’t get a redo with our past mistakes. How can we get past our past mistakes? There’s only one place to find a correct answer—in the Bible. Take a look at 7 Bible verse about past mistakes:

Repent from your past mistakes

“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge” (Psalm 51:4).

We never sin in a silo—our sins reach out and touch generations of people who haven’t even been born yet. However the greatest error is that we sin against the Lord who freely gives us all things according to His will. We repent from our past mistakes knowing that God will help us to walk in the right way when we trust in Him.

Top 7 Bible Verses About Past Mistakes

Receive forgiveness for your past mistakes

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

After we have made mistakes and repented of them, we need to receive God’s forgiveness. Many of us struggle with receiving forgiveness because we haven’t forgiven ourselves. However, the Lord desires that His people walk in the freedom that His forgiveness provides. We have a work to do for the Lord so we must receive His forgiveness.

Resist dwelling on past mistakes

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past” (Isaiah 43:18).

Satan is the mastermind of bringing our past mistakes to the forefront of our thoughts. He tends to remind us right before we are ready to take steps of faith. Yet we must resist dwelling on our past mistakes and continue to speak the word of God to opposing thoughts. The devil and his demons can’t stand the scriptures being used against their condemnations—they will flee.

Reach towards your calling instead of focusing on past mistakes

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

It’s important for us to move towards our calling instead of focusing on our past mistakes. We don’t have eternity on this earth to accomplish God’s will in our season. By letting go of the past and keeping busy with God’s work, we will grow in our faith and be a significant part of helping others grow as well.

Renew your relationship with God from your past mistakes

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

Sin always separates us from God. We can feel distant from Him just as Adam and Eve tried to hide when He approached them. However, God doesn’t want us to run away from Him—He wants us to run towards Him. He is our Father in heaven who loves us with a great and everlasting love.

Remember your cleansing from past mistakes

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins” (2 Peter 1:8-9).

While we don’t dwell on our past mistakes, neither do we completely forget our cleansing from sin. A great and awful price was paid; namely the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, for our sins. We must strive towards living a purposeful life in the Lord instead of becoming like the world.

Reflect on God’s goodness towards you in spite of your past mistakes

“Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good” (Psalm 25:7).

God is good to everyone on the earth—the believer and unbeliever alike. Yet when we come to know Christ, we are completely forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. We didn’t deserve His goodness; therefore, we need times to reflect and meditate on His love, grace, and mercy towards us.

Get Past the Past Mistakes!

Being filled with the Holy Spirit should compel each of us to move forward to completing the mission of His calling. Getting bogged down because of our past makes us ineffective and a hindrance in ministry. Deal with the consequences of past mistakes with grace and wisdom from the Lord. But get past the past mistakes!

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Nathan Glass September 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

Thanks for this article. I know we have to get “past the past” to be effective in ministry and press on. I don’t know what to do though, when I know I’ve been forgiven for the past, but I can’t put the past away, because the consequence of it is a current daily thing to face for the rest of my life. It’s like if a man got drunk and broke his arm in a wreck. If he repents he is forgiven, but the arm is still broke, or, he may still be in jail despite being forgiven, the consequence remains. So what do you do if you did a sin that you know is forgiven, but you don’t know how to deal with the lifetime daily consequence of it that you know will be with you the rest of your life no matter how Godly you live? It is hard to get past something that will always be there for life. Some days it’s not so bad (though daily it’s there and reminds me it’s there, but I try not to focus on it), other days it haunts me knowing it is unchangeable and I just have to learn how to live with it. I would’ve been so much more effective in ministry if I did the calling I should have, and not what I did…I love God but I think I’d love Him more if I could get past this regret, but it is there for life so I don’t know how to just ignore it daily and press through. To me, it is my version of “Esau’s soup,” and no amount of tears will give me back the “birthright” I gave up for that temporary soup, that is bitter in my stomach for the rest of my life. Thanks and God bless! Prayers welcome.


Jack Wellman September 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Hello Mr. Glass. I want to suggest you read something called “How to Forgive Yourself” at this link my brother and don’t lose heart. I see your faith is resilient. I really think this may help….prayer for you sir.


Pete Maddison September 4, 2021 at 8:38 pm

Be VERY careful of letting the residual angst of past sins interrupt your pursuit of Christian perfection. Pursue an indulgence to remove your worry or talk to your Priest.

Satan loves us focussing on the past because it diverts our love of Christ and our Christian mission.
Many blessings.


Shannon November 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Romans 8:28. Believe it. It’s true. Reading your post, I also struggle with this same reoccurring feeling. I’ve even equated it to Paul’s “thorne in his flesh”. Familiar with it? Scripture isn’t clear what exactly the thorn was, but Paul pleaded many times to have it removed. Gods reply? “My strength is perfect in your weakness”. I bring this up because nothing happens outside of Gods will. Gods will is complex. And remember his ways are higher than our ways. God 1)ordains certain things (sovereign will) 2) commands certain things, such as the Ten Commandments, 3) allows certain things (permissive will). This being said, NOTHING happens outside of Gods will. And even if that doesn’t soothe you, please remember Romans 8:28. God promises us to work EVERYTHING for our good. I promise you that if there isn’t currently a bright side, one WILL come in THIS life. I sure do hope this helps. Also, as a Christian, we are at war with dark forces. Battlefield is in the mind. We are told me take every thought captive… ever stop and think what you’re thinking about? “Think positive” may not always feel possible, and sometimes that’s not even the answer. Know what the answer always is? Trust God on Romans 8:28. Works everything for our good… God bless and I love you


Montario Fletcher December 11, 2016 at 9:41 pm

I’ve met several people in the past few years who have refused to allow their past to hold them back. Are they affected by consequences of their past? Absolutely; however these people had enough faith to trust God and allowed Him to guide their lives. They also stopped surrounding themselves with people who kept bringing up their past. Each of us has a past. It’s ultimately up to us to determine whether we will allow the past to affect our future.


chris mccullough July 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

I also feel held back by the trauma of my past ,the sins of my youth and feel deeply affected by the mistakes made years ago,I question my life now and sometimes wish for an end to it all, how wrong to think like this knowing that life us a gift fromGod but not being able to live beyond this is a bit much sometimes .


Jack Wellman July 30, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Hello Mr. McCullough. There is no amount of sin or no sin so grievous that God will not forgive through Jesus’ shed blood. Have you talked with your pastor about this? Don’t give up hope or put a period where God wants you to have a comma. I am praying for you sir.


C.Thomas November 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm

What do you do when others are hurting from mistakes youve made in the past? Not only is it hard to forgive myself but its even harder when those mistakes and regrets are continuing to hurt others because they cant be taken back. How do you move on from that?


Jack Wellman November 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hello C. Thomas. If someone is not willing to accept your forgiveness then that is on them. You have done all you can. Please read this on how you must learn to forgive yourself at this link my friend:


Imek January 30, 2019 at 5:19 am

Thanks so much. This statement was a relief


Ben J. Balugo Jr. February 25, 2019 at 5:21 pm

To roman catholics: Forgive yourselves of past mistakes, be real repentant and contrite and go to sacramental confession. Peace and joy be yours. Amen.


Becca March 2, 2019 at 11:25 pm

I battled chronic pain for two years and was in the middle of my breakthrough when I lost it. I had failed warnings and missed directives because I wanted comfort from people not Christ. This cost me ALOT! I’m still trying to get better and hope Jesus will create a way again…I know God wanted to used me so much more but I allowed distractions to keep me…looking back I would give anything to hold onto my breakthroughs and not find validation in people but only in Christ.


Angel November 3, 2019 at 9:51 pm



Emy August 3, 2020 at 8:33 pm

Veey helpful article keep writing keep praying keep being in strength In Jesus Name.


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