Forgive

July 30, 2018

Hebrews 8:12… For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.

            Does this mean that God has no memory? No, but it tells us that memory is intentional. Many things may flash in your mind, but only those that you choose to dwell on will stay. Our memory has like  a remote. As we scroll down, a vision or a smell or a sound may tempt us to stay at a certain memory. God chooses to purposefully not dwell on the bad things we have done. That is the way we ought to love the people around us. That is the way we want to be loved.

            I have done wrong things. I have done stupid things. My closest friends are those who choose to not dwell on those things. Who want to hang out with people who dwell on our mistakes? You will not want to be round someone whom you have not forgiven. Oh great, that word again… “forgiven” “forgive” “forgiveness” . You might say, “I have forgiven my dad for what he did.” That is great, but have you forgiven your boss, or your spouse, or your sibling, or your child? “Forgiving” is a way of life for us. We cannot claim it unless we live it. And living it is the way to get the full benefit. Just because you forgave someone, back when that pastor made a big deal about it, does not indicate that forgiveness is alive in you. God made the statement at the top of this page. Today, for the first time, I see part 2 as an extension of part 1. “I will be merciful toward your iniquities; I will remember your sins no more.” Are you merciful to other people? Do not remember how they have wronged you. “Forget about it.”

            I love it when I can’t even remember why I was mad at somebody. The emotion of the activity is gone. We are both set free. A way to look at it is: “Forgive as you want to be forgiven.” (see Matthew 6:15&16) Ahhh, we love to be forgiven. How many of you wish a certain debt was forgiven? God said, “You have sinned; payment is due.” Jesus said, “Father, forgive them.” We live with the love of God expressed in forgiveness. Pass it on. Are you working at being light in a corner? Forgive someone. This is more difficult, but more necessary, as you draw near to God.