Forgive and Forget?

By on October 10, 2011

image of a hear that with bandaid and stichesBy Brenda Neary –

Forgive and forget…..Easier said than done isn’t it? However, since I know for sure that this chick has needed forgiveness from family, friends and most of all Our Heavenly Father, I have had to learn all about this challenging reality.

When I look at the first word Forgive—-I realize it is For Give, or perhaps For Giving! Aha….that’s what it is. It is not something that can be purchased or sold, it is also not something that can be begged for or demanded. It is for giving, it is something that we give, in exchange for nothing, just a gift. Our Lord extends just such a gift to each one of us so he wants us to do likewise for our brothers and sisters.

Why is it so hard to forgive one another? My simple observation is that it is often related to our pride. We all feel that we deserve better treatment. Often that is the case. I am sure that our Lord deserved much better treatment and yet he forgives us all. If our hearts are open to love and not guarded against pain, I believe we can forgive anything.

I know of many older people who say that they will forgive but not forget. How sad that is because they are giving to others but cheating themselves out of something very special. When I look at the word Forget——I see For Get, or perhaps For Getting.

That’s right the second part of this magic duo is for getting. If we are able to carry it out and not only forgive the guilty party but also forget his transgression (this of course means to restore the relationship to the point before the transgression since we can’t all wish for amnesia) then we are on the receiving end, we get something.

What do we get? We get peace of mind, contentment, relaxation and joy!

I am a student of life. An observer, a tinkerer and a thinker. I have six kids and spend time searching for the truth and even more trying to live it. Please drop by my blog at: http://ramblinrose.me/.

Brenda Neary

About Brenda Neary

I am a student of life. An observer, a tinkerer and a thinker. I have six kids and spend time searching for the truth and even more trying to live it. Please drop by my blog at: http://ramblinrose.me/.

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Forgive and Forget?