I can tell you, there are some things I love to remember and recall… beautiful things, pleasant thoughts, enjoyable experiences! There are other things I’d like to forget… but it’s not as easy as that … they’re persistent unpleasantnesses – painful memories!
I’m so glad God’s not like that… He remembers what is really important – He recalls what is eminently helpful. On the other hand, He has the incredible ability to forget some things – things I find it difficult to forget – things that I’m ashamed of, but are wound up in my memory. In fact, I read this wonderful passage in the Bible this morning…
“REMEMBER your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
“REMEMBER NOT the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
“ACCORDING TO YOUR STEADFAST LOVE REMEMBER ME, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!” (From Psalm 25:6-7 ESV)
This brought another wonderful passage to my mind… “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth [and believe me, that’s incredibly high!], so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west [and that’s infinitely far!], so far does he remove our transgressions from us!” (Psalm 103:10–12 ESV)
Gotta tell you, I’m incredibly relieved… and grateful! Aren’t you?! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you, Lord!!!