Does forgiveness mean that we forget?

You know what it’s like something happened a family member a coworker your boss your girl or boyfriend. Your feelings were hurt and you were disappointed infuriated and angry you lash out in a ball of rage and just bam you’ve exploded. Unleashing that fury that you’ve caged up inside you,  you really didn’t want to let go of but you do.

Writing in the article You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good… I briefly spoke of the life of Joseph and how he was able to forgive his brothers after all that they had done to him but, that leads to the question of did he forget all that was done to him, no in fact he didn’t. We see this in Gen 45:5 where he finally reveals himself and says to them “ do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” His relationship with God allowed him to let go of the pain that he had gone through. This is identified in the naming of his firstborn Gen 41:51 Manasseh: meaning ” For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” 

Nothing grieved Joseph more than having his brothers try and trick him into forgiving them after there father had died, the bigger problem is often times the opposite party hasn’t forgotten and is more afraid of the retaliation that may take place.

It’s compassion and love that God has for His children,  this is the same kind of love and compassion He wants us to share with each other. Forgiving doesn’t mean that we forget but it means that we realese the pain and hurt to Him. greater is the harm when we don’t.

D John


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