Monday, April 18, 2011

Lord, Help Me Forget the Things I shouldn’t Remember

As Altha and I advance into our 60’s we seem to be commenting more frequently on what-we-think-is our increasing forgetfulness—the telltale signs of ‘aging.’ But then I remember how forgetful our children were as teen-agers and even as young adults.

But as feeble as our minds (at any age) may be, it seems all of us (at every age)have an amazing ability to remember things we would be better off forgetting—like, all the hurts, disappointments, betrayals, and grievances of our past. Isn’t it remarkable! You can forget where you parked your car at the mall 30 minutes ago, but when it comes to perceived injury, slight, or infraction, your memory never fails you?

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (Col. 3:12-14).

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