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IF I FORGIVE, DO I HAVE TO FORGET?

Sunday, 03 August 2014 14:50 Written by 

 

Hebrews 8:12 tells us "For I will be merciful and gracious toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more." How can we possibly forget some of the more devastating wrongs that have been done to us... let alone the lesser ones? How many spouses who have been cheated on are able to completely put it out of their mind? Is this really what The Lord expects of us?

The word remember used here is the Greek word "mnaomai". Although it does literally mean to recall... it carries the implication to recall for the purpose of reward or punishment. God is not saying that our sin has been wiped out from His memory as to imply He no longer knows of it. What He is telling us that He will not bring it up to use it against us anymore. Once dealt with, He will not in any way or form hold it against us. This truth serves as a good litmus test to determine whether it is God or the enemy speaking to us.

To forget that someone abused you would be foolish. To do so would put you in harms way. Yet I don't believe God gave us memory to hold on to unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, anger and such mind sets. Such mindsets only distort the facts and interpretations of what we remember. The new Testament has many accounts of God referring back to the sins of our forefathers. Not to condemn but rather to help us realize the effects and consequences of sin.

Remembrance in reference to offence and sin is to the soul as scares are to the body. When we focus on a scare we are reminded how it happened and quickened how we may prevent that from happening again. They serve us well. Remembering an offence serves us well also, that we may be wise in our encounters...but not to be held captive in fear, unforgiveness, bitterness and such.

To the measure remembering a sin or an offence brings ill feelings towards self or another...then to that measure your soul is out of God's will. God calls us to love even our enemies, not by way of having no memory of their wrongs...what measure of love would that be. But we are to love our enemies through applying forgiveness to our memory. To love our enemy does not mean we need to be in relationship with them...that may well put us in harms way. But all are worthy of our love and forgiveness because God forgives and loves them...but even God is often not in a relationship with them.

Anyone can hold unforgiveness...but it takes courage and strength of character to forgive. Unforgiveness is for that which is ungodly...forgiveness is for those seeking the heart of God. Remember your offenders and how they wronged you for the sole purpose of partnering with the heart of God unto your own and their sanctification.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 17 December 2014 01:20 posted by love it

    I got what you mean , thanks for posting .Woh I am happy to find this website through google. "If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." by Seneca.

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