6/12/2014 by BY MARK MUNSON
Did you hear about the man who had just?purchased a new car? It was one of the first cars of the new year, and was he ever proud of his selection! He was eager to show it off to his family, but on the way home he kept feeling that he had forgotten something. He wasn?t sure what it was but it nagged at him all the way home that something important had been forgotten or left out. Maybe it was one of the features he had left out. Maybe it was something about the color or the interior design. He just couldn?t get it out of his mind that something was missing. When he got home, he realized what it was, because the first thing his little five year old daughter asked him was, ?Daddy, where?s mommy??
??? What do you think? Can you identify with this, or am I all washed up here? You may not have left your spouse or loved one somewhere, but there have been times when you have forgotten something important and can?t remember what it was. Oh, come on now! Am I the only one who forgets stuff??Just in case I am, let me ask you,?how many times have you walked out of a room with an idea on your mind that you want to?accomplish in another room, but by the time you get to that other room, you have absolutely no clue as to what it was or as to why you are there??Have you ever done that??Well, here is how I generally handle my ?momentary forgetfulness?. Say, for the sake of example, I?m in my office and a brilliant idea comes to my mind?that I want to get done (and it does, too!), but the brilliant idea has to be accomplished in another room. So, I leave my office, headed for the other room, and by the time I get there, I?ve completely forgotten what I went there for. So what do I do? I go back to my office, ?collect? my brilliant idea, and think about it all the way to the other room, where I can complete my task. Someone has said that a door acts as a kind of ?portal? in our mind. Once we leave that ?portal?, the idea often gets left at the door, and thus, the reason for our forgetfulness.
?? We?re not the only ones who forget. Did you know that the Lord also forgets? Lest you think I?ve really lost it now, let me tell you that He does! What He forgets is the sin that we truly and completely repent of and ask His forgiveness for. The Apostle John wrote in his first letter, the first chapter,??If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness?. That means that when you and?I are truly sorry for our sin, and confess it to God as sin, not some ?error?, or, ?mistake?, but as exactly what He calls it, ?sin?, then according to that verse, He not only forgives us but puts it in the sea of forgetfulness as well! This way when our accuser, the devil, comes along and says, ?Hey, God, remember that sin he committed?? God just looks at him and says, ?What sin?? Isn?t that great? You and I can be released of the guilt of our sin by simply confessing that sin, whatever it was, to God, asking Him to forgive us. And He does! No ?if?s, and?s, or buts? attached to it. Just forgiven and forgotten. Wow, what kind of love is that?
?? And guess what, we can then turn around and offer that same kind of forgetfulness to those that sin against us. Peter wrote in his first letter, the fourth chapter, ?And above all things, have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.? It?s kind of like the missionary who made fast friends with a convert of another country, and the two of them corresponded regularly through the mail. On one occasion his friend wrote, ?please, my broken English, you will cover with a coat of love.? That?s what God does for us, and it?s what we can do for one another. So, sometimes it?s OK to be forgetful, in fact, it?s downright necessary, wouldn?t you say?