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

Published by gracepresbyterianwodonga

Minister of Grace Presbyterian Church, Wodonga. Interest: Woodworking.

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