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Forgive and Forget

Lately, there have been thoughts in my head of the things I used to do. The sins that I committed before I was saved, before I chose to die to myself and lift up the cross that He bared for me and for you and for every soul that has even been on this earth. Sometimes those thoughts linger; sometimes they consume me. They remind me of the shame, the sin, the hatred I felt for myself because of those mistakes. And man is that hard to forget. Not only is it hard to forget, but it is hard to forgive.


They always say that we shouldn’t forget history or we are doomed to repeat it. And that is true and all. However, Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” We need to set our minds on the things that are good, the things that move us closer to go as we make it through our wilderness times or in our raft in the desert rivers. Our God can save us from those sins.


And just like he can save us from our memories of bad decisions, He can save us from our sins. Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” He forgave us. So why can’t we forgive ourselves? The entirety of the Bible is about redemption. Part of redemption is forgiveness. We need to forgive those who hurt us, we need to ask for forgiveness from Him who is mighty, and we need to forgive ourselves. We are sinful being and there is nothing that we can do on this earth that he can not forgive. Don’t let those thoughts consume you and focus on what he has for you in your life. He is good, and is always good.

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