Forget or Forego?

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

Just forgive and forget.  Simple?  No!  Impossible, frankly.  I doubt you’ll ever forget the time you were seriously hurt and injured by what someone said to you.

Forgiveness isn’t really contingent upon your ability to forget.  Peacemaker specialist Ken Sande says, “Instead, it should be tied to your deliberate choice to forego. Forego rehearsing the offense over and over again in your own mind or with others.  Forego allowing the process of reconciliation to evolve into perpetual rounds of retribution.  And, when appropriate, forego allowing the offense to be a barrier to a renewed relationship.”

I agree.  Being intentional about leaving the past in the past and moving forward with grace and compassion is the key. That only is possible with the help of Jesus who graciously has forgiven you.  So it isn’t a matter of whether we forget, but how we remember…

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