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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: FORGET
This past Sunday, our pastor used an illustration in his sermon that reminded me just how forgetful I am. He talked about how frequently God’s people sin, beg God for forgiveness, thank God for His forgiveness, then turn around and do the very same thing all over again. I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about . . . I know I do it!
A few days after the sermon, a friend asked me for advice on how to forgive someone who had hurt them. I told her that in my experience, whenever I’m struggling with bitterness and resentment, the only way I can truly forgive is to remember how much God has forgiven me. When I think of all the times I repeatedly offend the Lord, often with the same offense over and over and over again — and yet He is persistently patient with me and willing to forgive . . . how could I think about withholding forgiveness from someone else?
A couple days ago I turned to Psalm 106 in my morning devotions and this theme popped up again. It talks about how God’s people forgot the Lord when they were in Egypt, then praised Him after He redeemed them. But soon after, they forgot His works again and went to worship manmade idols instead.
The pattern repeats itself over and over again, both in redemptive history and in my life today:
I forget God, He forgives me, I thank and praise Him, then I forget again, then He reminds me of His love and grace, I praise Him again, then I forget all over again. It sounds hopeless, and yet it is nothing but the definition of hope. I could have no hope without His persistent longsuffering toward me.
What a patient, forbearing God I serve!
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I am really, really flawed
in the worst of ways,
for I do forget my God
in all my living days.
I don’t really mean a thing
that’s bad, I hope He knows,
but then I see some shiny bling,
and, well, away I goes
into avarice and sin,
or into feel-good hate
in which I’ll never ever win,
for I’ve fallen at the gate,
and as I writhe in self-caused pain,
God sets me on my feet again.
I am so grateful that God is longsuffering (love that word) and that He never gives up on us.
I am grateful for God’s long suffering and His commitment to complete the work He has begun in me. Thanks for your honest words, Kate.
I try not to read other FMF posts until I have written mine. As I read your words above I realized that we used two of the same passages. Clearly, God wanted me to pay attention to those words.
Love yours, Kate, been resonating in my brain since I read it so I’ve come back to tell you so.
So true of my relationship with God too. So grateful for His Grace that reminds me of His love and faithfulness to me.