Sometimes when looking back if not on guard our mind can minimize the horrible past we endured. We have to milk the grief for all we can in order to benefit from those passages.
Don't let the past just be your history. Think of Jesus' history as HIS STORY and what a story! Your past is your story. My story is all about redemption. The definition of redeem is: 1) Compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something): 2) to release from blame or debt : clear 3) to remove the obligation of by payment. Jesus paid the price of my sin for me. My bad choices and deliberate sin didn't go away when I accepted Jesus as my own personal Lord and Savior. The judgement did, but not the consequences.
He has been compensating for my mistakes again and again and again. He is my Advocate to the Father and I am grateful again and again and again! Always remember where you've come from!