Philippians 4:13-14 “Brethren, I count myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Most of us can probably say I don’t need a vitamin to be forgetful. Forgetfulness comes real easy especially as we get a little older. So, why is this an important spiritual vitamin. It is not forgetting where the car keys are or meeting someone at a particular time. No, this is much more than those things. We can easily dwell in the past instead of now. Dwelling on the past accomplishments can swell us with pride. Dwelling on past sins can discourage us and hinder our service today. Paul said he did not consider himself to have reached the goal yet. He was constantly reaching out, pressing on to the goal of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
There is something else we need to forget. That is past sins, clashes with others, shortcomings, past problems and anything that will keep us from being unspotted. We need a clean slate from ourselves and from others. A preacher once said, “Not only do we need to forgive others but ourselves also. God did not appoint us as judge or jury.” He is the judge. Our responsibility is to forgive and then to forget. Don’t keep bringing up the past. Let it go. The memories are there but we need not keep dredging it up.
If God will remember our sins no more, why would we want to remember and remind both ourselves and others of our sins and failures. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Hebrews 8:12 says He will remember no more our sins and our iniquities. Aren’t we glad God forgives, cleanses and forgets. How many friends are separated because they did not forgive and forget. How many families have been broken and separated because of past sins that need to be forgiven and forgotten. Does God harbor grudges? Should we? Let’s swallow our pride, take the vitamin and forgive and forget.
Amy Carmichael wrote: “If I cast up a confessed, repented and forsaken sin against another, and allow my remembrance of that sin to color my thinking and feed my suspicions, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” Also, “If I say, ‘Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget’, as though the God, who twice a day washes all the sands on all the shores of all the world, could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”