Forget the Former Things

Ephesians 4:23-24 (NIV) ...to be made new in the attitude of your minds;(24) and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

People get stuck in their thinking. Things that happen to us, victories and setbacks can affect  the  “attitude” of our thinking. But the grace of God has come, and now allows us to genuinely put things behind us.  God even commands his children to “forget the former things” and move on in their lives.  Now I know some people over 50 have a hard time remembering.  Like the elderly couple who was having problems remembering things, so they decided to go to their doctor to get checked out to make sure nothing was wrong with them.

When they arrived at the doctor’s, they explained to the doctor about the problems they were having. After checking the couple out, the doctor tells them that they were physically okay but might want to start writing things down and make notes to help them remember things. The couple thanked the doctor and left.

Later that night while watching TV, the old man got up from his chair and his wife asks, "Where are you going?"

He replies, "To the kitchen."

She asks, "Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?"

He replies, "Sure."

She then asks him, "Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?"

He says, "No, I can remember that."

She then says, "Well, I also would like some strawberries on top. You had better write that down cause I know you’ll forget that."

He says, "I can remember that, you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries."

She replies, "Well, I also would like whip cream on top. I know you will forget that so you better write it down."

With irritation in his voice, he says, "I don’t need to write that down, I can remember that." He then fumes into the kitchen.

After about 20 minutes he returns from the kitchen and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stares at the plate for a moment and says, "You forgot my toast."

The ability to forget certain things would be a great problem to have. Honestly we would like to forget those great failures of our lives; those sins that destroyed our marriage, relationship, our career, or health.  Those things can so work in our minds and hearts that they destroy our future.  But for the Christian, there is another way.  We get to forget those things. Not because of pop psychology, but beause of the cross of Jesus Christ.   

Hebrews 8:12 (NASB) "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more."

And if our God and Father has chosen not to remember them, if He has paid such an awesome price that they be blotted out, then we should also renew our minds and choose to forget them. Our lives do not have to be drowned in the sea of regret.  The cross gives us the undeserved privilege to “forget those former things”. God allows us to put on the “new man” and really get a fresh start. What a great God!