The title of the blog came from my aunt as we were having a conversation about true forgiveness. It is amazing how God uses us.
A lot of people will agree that we can forgive but can we forget?
We all know forgetting as not remembering but, there is another meaning that will help us as believers in Christ to truly forgive.
Webster’s meaning of forget: 2. To treat with inattention or disregard. 3. To disregard intentionally.
Glory to God! We can disregard intentionally any hurt that someone has done to us in the past and present. We do this by casting it down with the word of God. When Jesus came out of the wilderness in Matthew 4;1-11, Jesus kept saying “it is written” each time the devil came at Him until the devil fled.
James 4:7 says: Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee.
We submit to God by obeying what the word of God says about any situation. The devil flees when we make it a daily lifestyle of obeying the word of God.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
My dad was talking to me on past hurt and stated if we keep casting down the past hurt, it loses its power. He even mentioned that when he mentioned a certain situation, one of his sisters would say “I don’t recall.”
We can intentionally disregard any past hurt. So if someone brings it up, we can choose to say “I don’t recall.” We are made in the image and likeness of God according to Genesis 1:27.
What is God’s character? God puts our sins and cast them into the sea and remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12, and Psalms 103:12).
It also came to me that when you are walking in love, according to 1 Corinthians 13:5: love doesn’t keep record of wrong doing. It is just like when a creditor forgives a debt. The creditor wipes it out of the system. If it is wiped out of the system, the creditor or no one can charge you for this debt again. Glory to God!
Joseph in Genesis 41: 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”
Joseph went through a lot of sorrow, but he remained in love and God elevated him to the top. You can start at Genesis 37 to read the life of Joseph. He is a great example to live by.
We can lay the axe to the root (Matthew 3:10) of any hurt by speaking, meditating, and reading the word of God concerning any situation . The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and it cuts through any situation. We have the authority that when that hurt comes up, we cast it down with the word of God until it loses its power.
If we don’t cast it down, it can pass on to other people. It is like certain things in our family that are negative and have been passed down. We can choose to break the negative cycle in our family by casting down past and present hurts.
Deuteronomy 7:9 says Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
God is faithful to keeping His word for those who loves him. We love God according to John 24:15 when we obey his commandments.
Be like Paul. Instead of passing down negative things from the past in Philippians 3:13-1413 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Glory to God! Not dwelling on the hurts and moving forward is the high life. The low life is dwelling on them.
Instead of passing it, start casting it!