Forgive and Forget
Updated: May 30, 2019
GOD DOESNT WANT US ONLY TO FORGIVE, HE WANTS US TO FORGET!!!
He doesn’t remember our sins anymore. He cast them into deep in the sea. Micah 7:19 “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
Hebrews 10:17, ‘Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”’ (A similar verse is found in Jeremiah 31:34 which also says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.“)
God desires for us to treat one another as He treats us. He doesn’t want us to rehearse or continue to remember the acts of others that were hurtful. We need to allow people room to make mistakes.
Jesus makes it very clear in Mathew: “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6: 14-15).
We have to forgive in the way He forgives in order to be forgiven.
How many times? 7x70! Even if they keep injuring in the same spot!! I know it’s hard! However, this is what is required of us as believers. It doesn’t mean we have continually stay in their presence, but we have to love even your enemies!
So how do you know if you have forgiven and forgotten? Can you hug them? 😣 can you talk about them without getting upset - angry, sad, vengeful? Can you pray for them to be loved and healed and honestly mean it? Can you desire the best for them?
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
Try to see it from this perspective: There is not one of us that has not needed the mercy of God and His forgiveness. If He has forgiven us our debt, shouldn’t we forgive others the debt owed us? Jesus gave a parable to bring clarity: “Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Mathew 18:21-35
Unrepented sin, unforgiveness can put us in a place we don’t want to be! CHOOSE LOVE! CHOOSE LIFE!
Repent from grudges and even small offenses you have kept in your heart. Forgive and forget the unfair, actions made against you. Yes, it was wrong and undeserved, but we have no stone to throw because we are not without mistakes ourselves. Give mercy and mercy will be given to you!♥️ And we all need mercy! Amen?