I admit there are things from my past I am neither proud of nor happy about. Yet, thanks to God Almighty, that he has selective memory. God remembers according to his nature and character (merciful and showing steadfast love) and not based on the stupid sins of our youth. God freely chooses to forgive and has made the means available for us to experience daily cleansing and victory through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Memory is a not a minor theme in the Old Testament. Rather, remembering is a major focus that pops up again and again. How we remember past events is of upmost importance to God. We are to not dwell on and keep remembering any former indiscretions of either ourselves or others. Since God does not hold the past over our heads, neither are we to do so. On the other hand, we are to keep in mind and continually remember the great works of God, especially in redemption. What has happened in the past either by us or against us is not the real issue; the most prescient issue is how you and I interpret those events.
Today we can choose to remember in the way God remembers. Thanksgiving meals with family and the holiday season with relatives are, for some folks, a sheer duty. Even the best of families have those within their ranks that can make for difficult relations. Paying attention to our memory and how we choose to remember can be a significant part of interacting with others. If we like it that God has shown grace to us, then the least we can do is let that same grace flow from us to others who neither deserve it nor expect it. Let’s give thanks to the Lord, for he is good in forgiving sin and showing infinite mercy. And let’s express our gratitude through selfless words and acts of grace which reflect the nature of God.
Gracious God, you do not hold grudges and always act according to love. Even though you could have condemned me, you saved me. Despite the fact that I have fallen short of your glory, you delivered me. I remember your mighty redemptive deeds in Jesus, and I give you eternal praise and thanksgiving. Amen.