(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Have you ever opened a folder or a document expecting to find the contents on the inside bearing the results of the name on the outside, only to find it completely blank?
To us, our past is powerfully present in our mind at times, but God has a way of forgiving and forgetting!
I can forgive and struggle with the memory… What I should forget, I remember, and what I should remember, I forget!
(14) For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
(15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
(16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Manasseh Before Ephriam – forgetting past wounds
(51) And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.
(52) And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
What we should not forget
Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Remember thy creator in the day of thy youth
The pit from where he dug us
Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: