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Selective Memory

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits (Ps. 103:2)

Is there someone you know with a “memory like an elephant”? They come in pretty handy when you can’t remember a date or a phone number. Elephants can identify and record the whereabouts of their many companions and can recognize other elephants even when separated for decades. Having a memory like an elephant means that a person has excellent recall.

When it comes to forgiveness we humans tend to have “a memory like a elephant.” We recall in great detail the hurt experienced at the hands of another particularly those we have opened our lives to and entrusted our heart. What we are also good at is forgetting every blessing and kindness we experienced from those same individuals.

People say, “I can forgive, but I will never forget.” Memory is not always a benefit. Useless and outdated information that leaves a bitter aftertaste in our present lives is best deleted from our brains. God chooses not to remember our sins. He does not keep a record of our wrongs. He is God, and we are not I get that, but His grace is ours to do what we cannot do. If you want to go down memory lane, choose wisely the path you select.

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