Remember {Five Minute Friday}

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I love to remember.

I love looking through old photos, reading old letters and finding my old camp t-shirts.

But sometimes remembering hurts.

I remember my foolishness, my can’t-put-them-back-in-my-mouth words and the feelings I’ve hurt.

Remembering can remind me of my true self: a sinner of the first degree.

Then I remember something else:

God doesn’t remember.

When I come to Him with regret and remorse, He turns to me with redemption.

He takes my sins and flings them as far as the east is from the west. And He remembers them…no more.

The pops-up-at-the-worst-times guilt isn’t a constant companion. Or he doesn’t have to be. We can choose to see us God does, through the eyes of forgiveness.

He forgives us. We can forgive ourselves.

And remember our sins…no more.

What freedom remembering does. Remembering who God is. How He loves us. And what He is willing to do for us!

Today, I remember, that God forgets.

linked to the delightful Gypsy Mama and her 5 Minute Friday

Comments

  1. “He forgives us. We can forgive ourselves.” That last part is so simple because of the first part, and yet so hard.

    Great five minutes!

  2. Yes, And He forgives — we serve an awesome God! :)

  3. What a beautiful post! and so well-written :) I was also at Relevant! Wish I could have met you. I’m so thankful that He does forget…

  4. yes! so much freedom in His forgetting.

  5. Love your last line! Remember He forgets. I don’t have to beat myself up b/c He’s forgotten already.

  6. Hi Amanda,
    I saw you at Relevant (now I recognize you from your super cute short hair), but we didn’t cross paths. Maybe next time? Anyway, just wanted to say that I love your realization here: that God doesn’t remember; that He forgets. That’s a really cool way to look at grace.

  7. I loved reading your about me! I bet you miss your show “Lost”. My husband sure does. I love looking back and reminiscing too!! Have a great week:)

  8. That is awesome. As weird as it sounds with talking about forgetting too, thank you for the reminder. I love how the feelings of hope just overflowed the feelings of regret. Thank you.

  9. I just happened to come across this post … it is beautiful, Amanda. It is hard to remember that God’s grace is upon us at all times and that our sins are forgiven; though we ought not to repeat and to change for Him.

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