The Upper Room Daily Devotionals for Tuesday 21st, January 2020 – The Blessing of Forgetting

Psalm 103:8-14

God forgives and forgets my sins.

Paul wrote, “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)

It happened again! I simply could not remember the name of a friend — someone I had known for ages. Her name had totally slipped my mind. When it finally came back to me, I dismissed my forgetfulness as another “senior moment.”

I began to think about how terrible and sometimes embarrassing it can be to be forgetful. And then I thought of one kind of forgetfulness that I am certainly thankful for — that my sins are removed and forgotten by God. As Jeremiah 31:34 states, “I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sins” (NRSV). I am forever grateful that God forgets my sins. I began thanking God for forgiving my sins and also for helping me to forget as I forgive others who have hurt me over the years. Like Paul, I also strive to forget all that lies behind me — including my disappointments and past mistakes. Forgetting these helps me to forgive myself and to look to the future with hope.

I have often heard others state, “I have forgiven, but I can’t forget.” For humans that is very probable. But praise God for not only forgiving but forgetting as well!

Gracious God, thank you for forgiving and forgetting our sins when we confess them to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Those suffering memory loss

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