the grace of forgetting

Ok, so my last post was on the sin of forgetting – forgetting who is the Lord is and all that He has done, done in the past, and done in your own life.

But as I was thinking through this idea of forgetting, the Lord reminded me (how good of Him!?) that there is also the grace of forgetting, too.

Forgetting our own sins, wayward ways, wicked pasts, and disgraceful habits. Forgetting our past that did not honor the Lord, our pride that pushed Him out of our life.

In the Bible, Paul gives us a really good example of what it looks like to remember what the Lord has done for us and to remember the wrong we have committed against Him.

Paul remembers in the right way that yes, he was a sinner. Yep, he was a child of wrath, just like the rest of us.

And he forgets his sinful past and strains ahead to gain the Prize, who is Christ.

He leaves behind the hindrances that so easily entangle in order to run the race with endurance.

He encourages us to with him set our minds on things above, to lay our lives on the altar and allow Christ to transform us.

He tells us that we are new creations in Christ. That we are children of God, no longer children of wrath.

Our hope is Christ, our eyes are set on heaven’s gates as the victory line. Death has been defeated. Life is ours for the keeping, eternally.

So, there is a grace of forgetting, too. Forgetting our yucky past and walking ahead in the present grace that Christ extends to us in His mercies new every morning, in His love everlasting, day by day, minute by minute.

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