Today's thoughts are on Forgive and Forget. We here this phrase often, from friends family, almost anyone. A lot of times it's right after a hard decision was made, or something was done against you. Actually, after a little research, I found something interesting. Never in the Bible does it say "Forgive AND Forget" Many times, we are commanded to forgive, here are just a few examples.
But never does it tell us to forget. Just like we remember that a hot stove will burn us, we remember that certain people have the ability to hurt us emotionally. I think the idea the Bible is going for is: we forgive the offense, move on with the relationship, and put up proper defenses to not be burned again. I think we all know those people who are friends or in a relationship that look so happy, then you hear about them fighting, but the next day look like nothing happened. I am not saying that fighting that often is a good thing, but it is the model that we are looking for when you do have a quarrel with someone. You find what you love in that person, and remember those things when moving on. It should seem like nothing is wrong, because nothing is. We as humans are flawed beings. We all have shortcomings and downfalls, and yet we look past it. Here is a quote I came up with awhile ago, "The hope in the human race is our ability to move past conflict, see the good in others, and love through it all."