Sunday, January 1, 2017

Remembering & Forgetting, Part 1

A sign in a psychiatrist’s office read “Amnesia patients must pay in advance.” God wants us to remember some things and forget some things. The problem is we forget the things we need to remember, and we remember the things we are supposed to forget. Forgetting means that we choose to let go and stop thinking about a bad memory so we can get on with life. The apostle Paul told us, “Forgetting what lies behind” (Phil. 3:13). Here are 3 things to forget:

1. Forget your past sins. Do you feel guilty about something you did? When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord, He forgave all your sins and wiped the slate completely clean. God says, “I will remember their sins no more” (Heb. 8:12). We have no right to remember what God has forgotten.

2. Forget your past hurts. If you hold on to your hurts, you will eventually become bitter. Unforgiveness means you won’t let go of what someone did to you. Stop hitting the “play” button on the DVR in your mind. Make a decision to let go of your hurt, place the hurtful situation in God’s hands and stop talking about it.

3. Forget your past regrets. Regret means you keep kicking yourself over decisions you should have made, or shouldn’t have made. However, your decision or indecision didn’t take God by surprise. Ephesians 1:11 says God “works all things after the counsel of His will.” You can’t change anything in your past, but God can lead you from where you are right now

The rest of your life can be the best of your life if you’ll stop recalling things God wants you to forget. Next week we’ll examine things we need to remember.
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