I, even I, am He Who blots out your transgressions for My Own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
What should you choose to forget from this passing year and the years preceding it?
1) Forget the sins of others against you or those you love. In the Eyes of God, we are all sinners. 'There is none righteous, no, not one' (Romans 3:10); 'All our righteous acts are like filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6).
2) Forget the debts owed to you. 'Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors' (Matthew 6:12); 'Whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either' (Luke 6:29).
3) Forget pain, unhappiness and hurtful events. 'One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 3:13-14).
4) Forget insults, betrayals and abandonments. Jesus did--even among His disciples. 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do' (Luke 23:34). 'Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also' (Matthew 5:39).
5) Forget your losses of income, possessions or position. 'But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ... for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ' (Philippians 3:7-8).
6) Forget your old way of life before committing to Christ. 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17). 'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God' (Luke 9:62).
7) Forget your mistakes of yesterday. They don't count anymore. If you've asked for forgiveness, God gave it. Try not to repeat your mistakes--but it you mess up again, fess up again. 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness' (1 John 1:9).
8) Forget the mistakes of your family and friends as often as necessary--with patience: ' 'Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?' Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven' ' (Matthew 18:21-22).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are the new generation born of the old--for such a time as this. Never let the enemy turn your face, hands, feet or heart in any direction but forward. As for the rest? Forget about it!
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Goodbye Year! series.