Have any of you seen the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe lately? It is definitely worth a watch if you haven’t yet.
Today, I wanted to share a line from this movie that stayed with me long after I finished watching it.
In this movie the younger brother betrays his three siblings. When he finally comes back to fight with them, he has a talk with Aslan (the lion). After they are done talking the brother goes to face the other three for the first time since betraying them. However, before anyone can say anything Aslan says this: “What’s done is done. There is no reason to talk to Edmund (the younger brother) about the past.”
His siblings never bring up what happened or what he did. They never hold it over him. They just simply invite him back in.
How often do we do that today in our own lives? I know from personal experience that I am very quick to forgive but it is sometimes a huge battle for me to forget. It is something that I have to keep working on. I want to be able to forgive and then completely forget just as easily.
This is exactly what Jesus does for us. He tells us the same thing Aslan told Edmund’s siblings. He has forgotten our past and He tells us there is no reason to dwell on it, no need to bring it up again. He forgives us and He forgets about what we did.
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
Jesus tells us again and again that He has forgiven us but even more He has forgotten it just as quickly.
He doesn’t have to think about it.
He doesn’t have to look at reasons for why we should be forgiven.
He doesn’t look at what we did to figure out if it should be forgiven or not.
He just forgives.
Then He forgets.
Praise Jesus for that is good news!
I pray that you may be blessed by this good news! Remember He has forgiven and forgotten. I pray that just as Jesus forgives and forgets that you may begin to do the same in your own relationships. I pray that you will begin to no longer bring up someone’s past just because you know what it is.
Love, Kathleen 🙂
3 thoughts on “Forgive AND Forget”
Thank you so much for this reminder. I have for to long let a broken heart bring a strong hold in my life. I don't talk about it rather I just let it fester in my mind, reliving it over and over again. It has brought me to my knees seeking Gods help to find forgiveness and forgetfulness. Before it destorys me and all I love. Thanks again and please keep me in your prayeRs. Michell Borg
Thank you for the reminder. Knowing and doing are two different things and I know better. I have let a heartbreak bring a stronghold into my life. I don't talk about either to anyone in hopes one day I will awake and it will be gone. I relive the hurt over and over again in my mind. Praying God will just take it away. And now Im brought to my knees begging God to stop me before I destroy myself and all that I LOVE. It is so amazing how quick a hurt can consume your life. I was fooled to think I could handle it instead of taking it to God immediately. Thanks again, MICHELL BORG
Thank you so much for sharing! I have been in your place many times. I can truly say that when you seek to forgive and forget you find a peace like you have never known before. I too am amazed at how fast a hurt can consume lives. We really do need to take them to God immediately, but often don't. The good news is that he is always there and we can always turn to Him. 🙂 I will be praying for you! Keep me updated on how things are going for you, if you want to.