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How is Your Forgetter?

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

I was watching TV and decided I wanted to get a drink. I got up and walked with the remote to the fridge. I looked inside and saw some tea that I wanted. I placed the remote in the fridge, closed the door, and walked back into the den. I sat down, kicked back in the recliner, then I realized I had not gotten the tea to drink. So I get up and go back into the kitchen, get the pitcher of tea out of the refrigerator and poured it into a glass. I put the tea back in the fridge right next to the remote. Half an hour later the show was over and I wanted to change the channel but I couldn't find the remote. I looked under the cushions of the couch, searched both recliners and scoured every last inch of the den. I finally gave up and switched channels manually. About that time I heard my wife in the kitchen. She said, "Honey, why is the TV remote in the refrigerator?"

I said, “Oh, yea, the batteries seemed like they were getting too hot.” Please don’t tell her the real reason. 

There are some things we should forget. We should forget the offenses caused by a brother or sister in Christ. Hanging onto them does not harm our brother, but it does harm us and our fellowship. We should forget the things God has forgiven us in the past. The devil is the one who wants to remind us of those things. He does it to dissuade us from serving our Lord.

We should not forget the kindness shown to us by others. Neither should we forget to show the same kindness to others. But most importantly we should not forget the price paid by Jesus on Calvary for our sin. We should not forget to share God’s great love in every opportunity He gives us. We should not forget God in our times of trouble. Jonah 2:7 (KJV) “When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.”

God chooses to forget the sins that have been forgiven. Isaiah 43:25 say,I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not  remember thy sins.” In Micah 7:19 (KJV) the Word says, “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

God will not forget His promises to His people. God made a promise to Noah and all of his descendants in Genesis 9:15-16 (KJV) He said to Noah, “And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

Finally, Jesus not only remembered the thief on the cross. He made a promise to him. Luke 23:42-43 (KJV) “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

How is your forgetter?

My Forgetter

My forgetter’s better than it used to be,
My rememberer is not,
For the things that seemed important to me
Are the things that I forgot.

A good friend told me that I could do better
If I tried real hard each day.
But the more I try to change my forgetter
The further my memories stray.

I decided one day I would not forget,
A note to myself I wrote.
But now I’ve a reason that I should fret.
Where’d I put that silly note?


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