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Topic: OPEN UP A CAN OF WORMS (08/22/19)
By Laurie Staples
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I know there are numerous times he could turn around and do the same to me. I’m pretty sure I know exactly what people and what particular circumstances could and probably do trigger a memory of how deeply I’ve hurt him. But he tenderheartedly keeps his thoughts to himself. Why? Because he’s more obedient than I am. He is patient, kind, nor rude or self-seeking, he is not easily angered and he does not keep a record of wrongs. He doesn’t remind me of past evil, instead he rejoices with the present truth. He protects me and trusts me. (1 Corinthians 13)
Another loved one of mine is wont to open up the same ugly wounds I’ve inflicted on her—things that I knew I did wrong as long as things I was unaware I did wrong/ I’ve longed for a do-over. But unfortunately we don’t get do-overs. She claims to have forgiven me. Yet even after all those years, a sharp barb will remind me. It feels like a kick in the gut and takes my breath away.
Thankfully, the most important relationship I have is with my Lord and Savior. He assures me that as far my His relationship with Him goes, He remembers my sins no more (Hebrews 10:17). He has removed my sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). He tells me if I confess my sin, He is faithful and just and will cleanse me from all my unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He assures me that there in now no condemnation, because I love Him and am in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). There are so many verses that tell me of His boundless love for me and His mercies that are new every morning. Perhaps closest to my heart of all is the promise that He will make all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). ALL things—even the sins I’ve committed and continue to commit.
But, the Lord doesn’t promise to erase our sins for our memories. In fact, pain engraves a deeper memory. It is good that that we don’t forget the pain that sin inflicts, because we are much more likely to stay away from anything that would tempt us to repeat them.
Slowly I’m learning to obey, to bite back those word that only serve to cause fresh pain.
I stumbled upon the acronym THINK years ago, it’s etched in my mind and as the years go by I find myself going back to it more and more in my effort to keep my trap shut.
T: Is it True? Yes, it almost always is true.
H: Is it helpful? Never.
I: Is it inspirational? Never.
N. Is it Necessary? Never.
K. Is it Kind? Most definitely not.
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