"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." NIV
"Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye." KJV
How many times have we heard the saying, "Forgive and forget?" So many have felt they have failed to forgive because they can't forget. Our God created us with a brain that records all memories. Those memories that are significant will come to mind occasionally. It doesn't mean we haven't forgiven. We have forgiven when the memory crops up and we can say we are thankful to the Lord that He gave us the ability to forgive and we aren't going to let all the negative emotions, hurt, anger, resentment, enter back and hold us captive. Forgive? Always. Forget? Not necessarily the circumstance, but always the negative emotions that signify how much we were wronged.
Heavenly Father, we praise you for the forgiveness you have given to us, even though we didn't deserve such love. Lord, it is such a comfort to know that you will never hold our forgiven sins to our charge and we are rendered clean. Help us, Lord, to forgive as you have forgiven us and to never allow the hurt and resentment to enter back into our lives. We pray this in Jesus' name.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D.