A Time to Remember and a Time to Forget
“… but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal…” - (Philippians 3:13, 14)
In many places throughout the Bible we read the exhortation to remember. Throughout the Old Testament we read that the people of God had experiences with God that God never wanted them to forget. He therefore commanded them to build some kind of monument that would remind them of that experience. In the book of Deuteronomy as God repeated the law through Moses we often read the exhortation to remember!
In the New Testament as Paul writes to the Church in Ephesus, since he had taught them longer and more thoroughly than any other church he planted, he tells them again and again to remember what they had learned when he was with them.
However, when Paul writes to the Church at Philippi we hear him sift his priorities down to one thing. That one thing is to forget the things that are behind and press forward toward his goal. We must, therefore, conclude that there is a time to remember and a time to forget. For example, when we confess our sins God forgives and forgets them, but even though we know that, we remember our sins and carry our guilt baggage with us for decades. We therefore need to remember what God remembers (that we are sinners), and forget what God forgets (our sins).
Are you willing to honor the beautiful reality that there is a time to remember and a time to forget? Especially when you sin are you willing to remember what God remembers and forget what God forgets?