Many of us easily forget important facts: Where did I park the car? What time is dinner? Yet we cannot forget our painful mistakes: Why did I do that? What was I thinking?
Saint Peter occasionally forgot who Jesus was along with his calling to follow Jesus. Those memory lapses created awkward, painful, and unforgettable situations. Peter’s misspoken words, brash deeds, and cowardly actions littered the halls of his memory storehouse. Our memory depots are cluttered as well.
Peter didn’t focus on his mistakes for long. He reminded himself – and us – of what is critical to remember. After establishing seven core qualities of a worthy life: virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love, he said, “I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you have. I think it is right to refresh your memory.” (2 Peter 1:12-13a)
We tend to forget the wrong things. We need to follow Peter’s strategy and recall the truth we already know but easily forget. Refresh your memory of who God is and what He wants from our lives. Remember not to forget virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.
Author & President
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc
Why believe the devil instead of believing God? Rise up and realize the truth about yourself – that all the past has gone, and you are one with Christ, and all your sins have been blotted out once and for ever. O let us remember that it is sin to doubt God’s Word. It is sin to allow the past, which God has dealt with, to rob us of our joy and our usefulness in the present and in the future. - Martyn Lloyd-Jones