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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 16:23:02 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


GUEST COLUMN

Let Us Forget
by Clarence DeLoach, Jr.

"... Forgetting those things which are behind ..."
(Philippians 3:3).

Memory is a wonderful asset for anyone. Some can
remember by name nearly every person they meet.
Some can remember nearly all they read.

The Bible teaches us to remember. The Jews were
commanded to remember the Sabbath (Exodus 20).
Youth were to remember God (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
Peter wrote to stir memory (2 Peter 1:13). The
Lord's Supper is an exercise in memory.

But, the Bible also teaches us to forget. The
happiest people have learned to forget. Much of
Paul's success was due to his ability to forget.
What should we forget?

1. Christians should forget past sins. Christ has
saved us and God has pardoned every sin of which
we have repented. His blood has cleansed and
removed the sin. When God forgives, he forgets --
and so should we. Let's not doubt his precious
promises.

2. Christians should forget their mistakes. All
make mistakes, even Christians. If there were no
mistakes, there would be no need for erasers on
pencils. We can learn and profit from mistakes.
Some dwell on a mistake until it destroys them.
Mistakes can be stepping stones to great
victories. Men of history experienced numerous
failures. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison succeeded
because of determination and perseverance.

3. Christians should forget the petty quarrels and
misunderstandings of life. You have misunderstood
others, and you have been misunderstood.
Misunderstandings occur in business, personal, and
church life. We may be offended by the words or
deeds of another. Sometimes the hurt is deeply
felt. But, don't harbor hurt feelings, lest they
sour and bitter the spirit.

4. Christians should forget their good deeds. The
good done yesterday will not suffice for tomorrow.
We must not hold our good deeds against God as
though he were under contract to save us.
Salvation is of grace, not debt. Our giving for
good works is a joy, not a reason to boast.

There are things to be remembered and other things
to be forgotten. Let us do both wisely.

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Thanks to The Voice of Truth International, Vol 44, page 90.

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