Should we forgive and forget? This is a good question. Peter (one of Jesus’s disciples) asked Jesus, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” ( Matthew 18:21-22). We should forgive everyone who asks us too, so we can be forgiven ourselves. “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” ( Matthew 7:1-5).
You don’t have to forgive unless you want to be forgiven. “He that cannot forgive breaks down the bridge that he himself must cross over!” You don’t have to forget unless you want your sins to be forgotten. To not forgive and forget is like taking in a poison and it can make you physically sick, and can even eventually kill you. It is better off for you personally to forgive and forget. Why carry around such heavy baggage, like a bag of unneeded rocks, or dirty laundry.
The Lord says, He takes away our sins, as far as the East is from the West, and guess what, they never meet. (Psalms 103:12). “and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:17). The devil is the only one that remembers our sins, so he can remind, and condemn us, and accuse us, God forgives and forgets our sins if we ask him. Are you like the Devil who remembers sins, or like God, and Jesus, and The Holy Spirit who forgives and forgets others sins and your own? They do things a lot different in Heaven than we do here on earth. Somethings we have to work on, like being in a happy good place in Heaven, and earth. In fact you can have a little bit of Heaven right now by forgiving and forgetting. We don’t have to work for our Salvation, thank you Jesus, but we do have to work on our rewards and our relationship with Jesus. So if you forgive and also forget you will be pleasing the Lord and helping yourself ! How deep does your love go? “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:13)
Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.