Forgive and Forget!

It’s easier to forgive than to forget. However, ignoring the choice to do both will leave the offended party partially broken! Victims shouldn’t allow the venom of bitterness, resentment, and regret to lease space in their hearts because it cost more to harbor an offense than it does to let it go! Mahatma Gandhi said: “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” There are numerous biblical scriptures that were written to help strengthen us in this area. Interestingly, the phrase “forgive and forget” is not found in the Bible but, you can find its demonstration in several of the biblical characters mainly Joseph and Jesus. Joseph forgave his 11 brodies for what they did to him and Jesus forgave everybody including the men at the foot of the cross and to boot, one of the thieves on the neighboring cross was gifted an invitation straight into heaven. If forgiveness is a decision of the will then so is forgetting! I get it, it is impossible to truly forget sins that have been committed against us. We cannot selectively “delete” events from our memory. The Bible states that God chooses not to “remember” our wickedness (Hebrews 8:12). But God is still all-knowing. God remembers that we have “sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But, having been forgiven, we are positionally (or judicially) justified. Heaven is ours, as if our sin had never occurred. If we belong to Him through faith in Christ, God does not condemn us for our sins (Romans 8:1). In that sense God “forgives and forgets.” If this message is speaking to you and your caught between forgiveness and forgetting stop preying and start praying for God to supernaturally change the offender’s heart and for your strength to do His will. It is far more rewarding to forgive and forget than to relive and regret!

About Noel Pinnock and Lowell Pinnock

Noel Pinnock is a published author and recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in transforming under performing companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specializes in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he has been responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations. We are #4given, saved by the blood of Christ.
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