I heard someone say that she wished her loved ones would just forget about the wrong that she had done and move forward. The idea is a nice idea, that when we do wrong others would forgive and forget. In fact, the first part of that is simply to forgive. But, as hard as it may be to forgive, it is even harder to forget.
You will actually often here people say, “I do forgive you, but I will NEVER forget!”
The Word of God often tells us to forgive. In fact, it says in Matthew 18:20-22, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
It also says, “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” (Luke 17:4) So, we can clearly see that forgiveness is essential. But, let’s get to this business about forgetting.
Forgetting something is the equivalent of something dying out. Habits, knowledge, ideas, etc., are established by constant repetition of them, and likewise, they end by constant neglect of them. If you want for people to forget about something, you just discontinue the behaviors that remind them of it. Likewise, if you want to forget something that someone did to you, you also have to starve it by stop talking about and thinking about it. (If you want to know how to stop thinking about it, you must learn to catch it at first thought and challenge/rebuke it with a counter thought against it – see 2 Corinthians 10:5)
The more that those reminders are neglected and REMOVED (if it’s a behavior), the more it will start fading from memory until eventually it will be so far in the back of your or their head that it seems weird to even bring it up anymore. Then, just like in Job 18:16-17, the past “…roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. His REMEMBERANCE SHALL PERISH from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.”
Starve the memory of your past mistakes by eliminating the behaviors that surrounded those mistakes (true repentance), and in doing so, the memory of those mistakes will fade into oblivion. And then though some people who have no life of their own may still try to bring it up beyond that, it would be so awkward on them because you are so much more different than that mistake once made.
As we celebrate the month of March, known in the Western society for St. Patrick’s Day, I want to take a moment to bless you with the words that luck has nothing to do with it! Yes, we live in a time and place where things like “get rich quick” schemes, microwave mentalities, and instant gratification plague the masses. We can so easily get caught up in wishing for luck to overcome our deficits as we become engulfed in our surroundings. But God has provided us a better way… one that is assured and where luck has nothing to do with it.
Faith!!! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). God’s way is not a way of luck or chance, but a way of assurance as a result of obedience. When the soldier was healed by Jesus simply saying a Word, the request was granted because of the understanding of how obedience grants use of authority. (Matt. 8-9). And God established by His own example in the beginning, that the authority of the Word produces manifestation. The key, though, is not simply saying things, but saying things using the authority that you have been granted through obedience to the supreme authority.
This example was also established by Jesus/Yeshua. Before He began His public ministry, He fasted for forty days and nights (bringing his vessel into obedience), was baptized (publicly recognized under God’s authority), and then proceeded forth with power. The difference between Him and so many of us, however, is that He only spoke faith. We, on the other hand, almost always speak doubt shortly after declaring faith. Once Jesus stated His faith, such as with cursing the fig tree that produced no fruit (Mark 11:21), He did not continue with “vain repetitions” as in doubt, but stated it and left it, BELIEVING it would be done, and it occurred. He also did not go around speaking negativity into existence, as most of us never speak enough positive into our lives to outweigh the negative we have manifested.
God has absolutely NO PROBLEM with blessing us beyond our wildest dreams, and actually delights in our success and wealth, for the Bible states that it is He who “gives us the power to get wealth.” (Deut 8:18). The problem is when we don’t first acknowledge or submit to Him, and then don’t trust that it shall be done once we do. But if we shall only learn to be obedient and then control our words/declarations, then believe, we shall become open to receive solutions to any of our obstacles and the answers to all of our needs. On that note, remember to SPEAK, BELIEVE, and RECEIVE!