Key Word:- FORGIVE
Title:- Release From The Moorings of Memory
Jeremiah 31:34 “No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
'Proprioception' may give you awareness of your position and space, but memories are the moorings of your place in time. Without your memory how on earth can you begin to fit and function in the now? Memory may not be a sense, but we are senseless without it. The odd and godless, shocking surrealist Luis Buñuel remarks, “You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing.”
Without dissecting the many propositions in this statement, let's just agree on the importance of memory. Not that it is of primary importance of course, for men are more than a collection of memories; yet memories do moor us in time and do define us to ourselves and to others. Memory can be such a blessing. Yet if our memories are ones of abuse, or ones of perpetrated or even perpetrating violence, or maybe hatred, then memory leads to regret, imprisonment and even torture. If memory then becomes the unrelenting torturer of the mind, then memory can also mean madness! So we can conclude than that our capacity to remember and our choice to forget are both paramount to our personal wholeness. You will notice I did not say 'repress' memories but forget them, and 'choosing to forget' them at that.
All of us in this sick world carry the scars of things we have done and had done to us. The memories of these things can be overwhelming and dreadfully debilitating. When we are brave enough, or desperate enough, or sick enough, I wonder if God would then have us face our knife-edged problems, mourn them, grieve them, get angry over them, forgive them even and then choose to forget them; instead of using them like sharp pieces of broken vases to continually gouge the running poisoned puss out of the sores of our sorry souls? You see friends, I do believe there is a knowing forgetfulness that is rooted in forgiveness, that with it brings the healing and wholeness we so desperately crave. Most of us need to take an axe to the moorings that hold us in our unhappy harbours of hopelessness and start facing, forgiving and forgetting!
Don’t think that this is without cost. Look at Calvary. Here God paves the way for us His children and shows us that His forgiveness is His ultimate goal. With payment made in full, the all knowing God, chooses to forgive and to forget. This choosing of 'forgetting' allows Him to enter into areas of the darkest destruction and then build a holy and an immovable city. Do you see that friends? Do you want that?
Listen:- “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, that the city shall be built for the LORD from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. The surveyor's line shall again extend straight forward over the hill Gareb; then it shall turn toward Goath. And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the Brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down anymore forever.” Jeremiah 31:38-40
Pray:- Lord, give me the courage, give me the package, give me the desire, give me the desperateness, give me the wherewith all; to face, forgive and choose to forget. Then O Lord, together, let us build upon this cleared devastation a most holy and immovable, eternal habitation for Your glory and my comfort, in Jesus name I ask it, Amen.