I heard the story of three guys. They were in their 20s and decided to go out for lunch one day. Being young, they were also limited on funds, so they went to a local restaurant that was known for pretty good food and cheap prices. The restaurant was named The Purple Onion. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and they especially enjoyed the price. As it would, life took them down different paths, and 10 years had passed, but they were able to get together for lunch one day, so they decided to go to The Purple Onion because they remembered that the food was good. Sure enough, they were not disappointed. The food was still as good as they remembered and the prices were good too.
Once again, another 10 years passed until they were able to get together for lunch again, so they decided that they would eat at The Purple Onion because the food was good, the prices were low and it was close to where they all lived. They spent several hours together and had a great time talking about all the things that had happened in the last 10 years.
As life would have it, another 10 years passed, now they were in their 50s, and they decided to go to lunch again. Remembering that The Purple Onion had good food, great prices and was close to them, they chose to eat there because they could find things on the menu that would agree with their stomachs and they wouldn’t have to worry about indigestion.
Another 10 years passed, they are now in their 60s, and they happened to meet again, and decided to go to The Purple Onion because there were no steps to climb to get into the restaurant and the isles were wide enough to accommodate their walkers. They were not disappointed. The food was good, the prices were still very reasonable, they did not have indigestion, the restaurant was close to where they lived, there were no steps to climb and the isles were wide enough to accommodate their walkers. They had made another good choice!.
Because this is a story (!!!), they met again, 10 years later and now they are in their 70s. They agreed that they wanted to go to lunch together, so they looked at a map of “places to eat” that were located in the city in which they all lived. They chose The Purple Onion because they had never been there before. (Some of you will not get this right away, so I’ll give you some help. Because they were now in their 70s, they had trouble remembering, and they had forgotten they had eaten at The Purple Onion for the past 50 or so years.)
Do you have trouble remembering? Just remembering? Sometimes I walk into a room and I ask myself why I came in here to begin with. Or, like I did last week. I had a whole key ring of about 20 keys. Some of the keys had been on the key ring for years and years and I had no idea what the key was for. So I took the time to separate them from the key ring, and kept out about three keys that I knew what they were used for. I then, put all of the keys into a baggie, sealed it and placed it in a location where I knew they would be safe until I needed them again. Well a week later, I have no idea where I put them or where they are. I can’t remember what happened to them. It seems that the older we get, the more we have a tendency to forget things.
Did you know that God forgets too? It’s true, He does. The Bible says in Psalm 103:12, “As far as the East is from the West, so far has He (God) removed our transgressions from us.” Another passage tells us that He hides them in the depth of the ocean. And I. John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” These verses teach us that when we ask the Lord to forgive us of our sins, He does. Then He removes them from us as far as the East is from the West and then buries them in the depth of the ocean. Someone has rightfully said, “God places a “No Fishing” sign. So God forgives and He never brings them up against us again so He forgets our sins.
What an awesome God we serve, wouldn’t you agree? Our God lives, He loves us, He is there for us and when we sin, if we will confess our sins to Him, He will forgive them and then He will forget them and not bring them back up against us ever again. By the way, the word for that is “Justification” and it means, “just as though we had never sinned.” I don’t know about you but that is something to get excited about. Others might remember what we have done. We might remember what we have done. But once we confess our sins to God, He forgives and He forgets.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at email@example.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.