Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Should I Forget My Past?

This is an excerpt from the blog at Biblical Counseling:

As a biblical counselor, people often ask me the important question, “Should I try to forget my

I first respond with a one-word answer. “No.”

Then I respond with a blog-size answer using the words:

  • Remember

  • Reflect

  • Repent/Receive/Renew

  • Reinterpret

  • Retell

  • Resources


Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t forget the past. It’s impossible. More importantly, it’s unbiblical.


In a similar way, the Psalms are a biblical testimonial to the power and value of remembering face-to-face with God. I call it reflecting.

Repent, Receive Grace, Renew

When our memories of the past relate to our past sin, Christ’s soul-u-tion is to remember, repent, and receive grace. “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Rev. 2:5).


But what do we do with our emotional agony when we remember past suffering—being sinned against? God’s Word is clear. We never forget, we re-member.


Being human involves shaping our personal experiences into stories or narratives. That’s part of our God-given capacity of memory. We shape our sense of self and who we are in Christ from our retelling of our experiences.

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