Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers –
Today’s devotional was about forgiveness and I thought I would share my deepest desire with you. I desire to forgive in such a magnitude that I don’t remember the sins of those that wronged me. Many say forgive but never forget, however I don’t want to remember. I don’t want to have a memory that attaches someone/some place from my past to a particular feeling. I want to be able to see that person and harbor no resentment/bitterness in my heart toward them. I want to be able to see that person and not worry about them hurting me again, because I now lack the knowledge of them hurting me before. I want to be able to step into a building and not react with feelings of insecurity because of the sins that were committed in that place. I believe that operating in true forgiveness allows me to do just that, without this guilt of “I’m being dumb or naïve.” I strive to walk in a forgiveness that forgets the wrongs of those that sinned against me.
1 Corinthians 13: 5 says that “Love remembers no wrongs…” it does not harbor past transgressions against no one. Love does not remember past sins and faults. This love and forgiveness is demonstrated to us through love of Jesus Christ. He died for us, loving us in spite of our mistakes and faults and loving us into a personal transformation. He forgave our faults and He does not harbor them against us any longer. His love is real and His forgiveness is sure. I being His servant/ambassador/friend, walk even as He has walked and choose to not remember the sins of those that done things to me in the past. I choose not to remember, no to hold someone to a memory of who they once was….
***NEWSFLASH*** People change! That’s right, you heard it here first folks! People change. Some change for the better, others change for the worse- but all in all change is evident and consistently in effect. Change is inevitable. So if I hold my brother or sister to a fault that occurred in their past self, against them in the present time- where change may have occurred- I am not being fair. I am not being just. Because God is just, He does not hold our past sins to us but acknowledge the possibility of change.
Should we do the same? Are we being truly just? Or are we living life constantly being unfair?
Today, I encourage you to forgive. I encourage you to let things go and to choose to not remember.
Why harbor bad memories? Why hold sadness in your heart? To learn a lesson? The lesson has been learned and applied, so isn’t it time to find happiness again? Isn’t it time for reconciliation? Isn’t it time to be free to have happy memories again? Isn’t it time to forget completely? Isn’t it?
The choice is yours on how you live your life. Whether you are happy or living in sadness- the choice is yours. I choose to be happy. I choose to love like Christ loves. I choose to completely forgive. I choose to forget!
Until next time,
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