“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 3:13-14
Last week we were encouraged not to forget God’s commandments and principles from His Word which help us in every day decisions and situations. But today I want to take a look at forgetfulness as a good thing. The Word of God has more to say about forgetfulness as a good thing than a bad thing.
We are instructed in God’s Word in Philippians 3:13-14 by the Apostle Paul “to forget those things that lie behind us and press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ.”
What lies behind us in our Christian lives would be a good question to ask right about now.
Well for starters here is an obvious one, our SIN.
Jeremiah 31:34 “And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
The idea that God forgets my sins isn’t very reassuring to me. After all, what if He suddenly remembered? In any case, only imperfection can forget, and God is perfect.
As I pondered this I noticed, God doesn’t say He’ll forget our sins—He says He’ll remember them no more! His promise not to remember them ever again is stronger than saying He’ll forget them. Now that reassures me!
How about ourselves?
We have all sung that chorus at one time I’m sure; “Let’s forget about ourselves, And magnify the Lord and worship Him”.
Those are instructions that came right from the lips of Jesus Himself in Luke 9:23 And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
I would say denying oneself is a way of forgetting about yourself.
How about wrongs suffered?
1 Corinthians 13:5, “love keeps no record of wrongs”. Now this one is a bit tougher, but the principle is the same. Don’t hold on to things that God doesn’t. Colossians 3:13 “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
So you see, sometimes forgetfulness can be a good thing.