Forgiven just not forgotten...
May 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Forgiven just not forgotten... One of the Hardest things that I face is the act of Forgiveness. I have never calmed to be a perfect person, perfect pastor, or even to have a perfect church. We are all in some way or the other broken people, with problems, and face our own situations. The Bible tells us that we must forgive.. Matthew 6:4 "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you". While God told us that we needed to forgive He didn't say that we had to immediately trust them or go back to "normal" again so to speak... While we understand that God wants us to forgive, it is completely normal to not forget... We are human, and we are often reminded of what was forgiven through life events, and various other things that come up from time to time. And even though we are called to forgive, forgiveness is not a railroad track for the other person to use this as a track of grace and repeat what happened over, and over again, leaning on a means of grace and with the knowledge that they "will be" forgiven. Just because we forgive doesn't mean we have to accept the torment that someone brings to our lives through having to relive situations over and over again. Forgiveness untimely, is for you. Not them. Forgiveness will start to bring healing, but know that it doesn't mean that you will probably never think of it again, it's forgiven and most likely not forever forgotten... 

On that Note Many people say well it is thrown into the "Sea of Forgetfulness" That is for God who is perfect and Holy, not for us humans who are not perfect and fleshly and sinful in nature. Also there is really NO such thing as a "sea of forgetfulness" its not in the Bible... (Check it out...) Where you will fine the idea to why people say this is found in Micah 7:19: “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Its the idea that HE will cast our sins "far" away from us in using the illustration of the "depths of the sea"...

Forgiveness IS something that God wants us to do, commands us to do.. And still to this day, is the Hardest thing in the world to do.... Trust me, it is. But, we (including me) have to understand that we have to find it in us to forgive, and  some can forgive easier than others, we are all different people and process things differently..... But the enemy doesn't want you to forgive, and he sure doesn't want you to forget.. We have to be careful of the enemy's schemes, tricks and focus on God in our times of need. With HIS help we will be able to find it in us to forgive, and work toward forgetting.


2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (NIV)

5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.


Micah 7:19 (NIV)

19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.


Matthew 6:14-15 (KJV)

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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