1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”
I like to forgive. It can be such a release of emotional weight and baggage. But I sometimes have struggled with forgiveness. I just can’t seem to forgive and also forget.
In the legal field, we have the ability to have someone’s transgression or conviction of a crime removed from their record. This is often referred to as expungement. For the most part, the concept is that after expungement, no record will exist of what has occurred concerning a transgression from their past. But I have found that even with some expungement, there is some remnant on record of what has occurred.
I think that’s the difference between the love of Christ and our human love. Christ’s love not only forgives, but as the scripture says, it keeps no record of ever being wronged. That means that when God forgives, He forgives in such love that He even forgets it ever happened.
So, then how do we forgive and forget? I don’t know that it is humanly possible. But what I do know is that we can ask and seek the love of Christ to immerse us from head to toe with His indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
In the love of Christ, in that perfect love, we can find peace in our forgiveness. We can change our hearts so that even though we don’t absolutely have the capacity to forget, we can at least live in the love of Christ. We can walk with Him so that despite our inability to forget, we still can be at peace in the love of Christ.
Today, you probably have someone to forgive. You may need to be forgiven by someone else. No matter, bask in the love of Christ. Embrace His perfect love.
There is no better place to be than in the light of the Son who forgives and forgets.
Have a blessed day.