I remember wounds, I remember slights. I can really can hold onto things, and really lock in. Particularly mistakes. I can remember the things that others have done wrong, the ways others have hurt me, or hurt those that I love. I can remember, remember those things.
But you know what else I can remember? Not just your mistakes, but I can remember my mistakes. The ways I’ve blown it. The ways I’ve failed. The things that I’ve done wrong. I can really hold onto my mistakes and not let go of them.
I can remember the mistakes of others. I can remember my own mistakes. And I bet that I’m not the only one. I bet we each are that way.
Listen today to what it says in Psalm 25: 6-7:
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
I love the prayer of this Psalm. It’s a call to God to remember. Remember your mercy God. Remember your grace, remember your kindness. Remember oh God, your love.
And remember not, O Lord, the sins of our youth. Remember not our mistakes. Remember not the ways that we have fallen. Remember not the mistakes that we have made. Don’t remember those things.
And God doesn’t. He does remember His mercy. And He does not remember our sins.
What about you and me today? What do you remember? What do you remember not? Do you remember the mistakes of others? Do you remember your own mistakes?
Or do you remember them not?
Do you remember the lover and mercy of God today? Or do you forget that?
Today, may we remember mercy, God’s to us, and our mercy to others. And may we remember not our mistakes. And may we remember not the mistakes of others.
Because that’s what God does. And that’s what He wants us to do.
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