Remembering and Forgetting

Do you remember things easily? A good memory along with a good conscience is a great asset. People do appreciate when their names, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions are remembered.

Even to receive a card or email can bring joy to another person when they realise someone remembers them.
Scripture has a great deal to say about remembering. The thief on the cross said to Jesus: “Remember me when you come in your kingdom.” Luke 23:42.

God remembered Noah and all the creatures that were in the Ark with him, Genesis 8:1. He also promised to remember the covenant that he had made with Noah never to flood the earth again. When he saw the rainbow God would remember it, Genesis 9:15.

God remembers that we are dust, Psalm 103:14.

Solomon gave instructions to young people to remember their Creator while they are young, Ecclesiastes 12:1.

David exhorts us not to forget all of God’s benefits: forgiveness, health, redemption, love and compassion.

When believers celebrate the Lord’s Supper they are to do so in remembrance of Christ and his death, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25.

Peter made a strenuous effort to have believers remember what he had taught them. He believed it was necessary to remind them of what they already knew, 2 Peter 1:12-15.

Remembering is a wonderful thing. But did you know that forgetting, or failing to remember, can be a great blessing also?

God promised that under the new covenant He would remember our sins no more, Jeremiah 31:34. This was fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ the high priest of a new covenant, Hebrews 8:12. Isn’t that a great blessing – God remembers our sins no more. We must ensure however that we do belong to the Lord Jesus Christ – that we are born again by God’s Spirit.

The apostle Paul, after stating that we ought to place no confidence in the flesh, declared: “Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal.” Philippians 3:13-14.

So there are blessings in remembering and in forgetting. It depends who is remembering or forgetting, and what it is they are remembering or forgetting.

Neil McDonald