What does it mean to 'Forgive And Forget?'
Many preachers have given this lesson on their pulpits but only few have ever detailed its meaning to their congregations. And as the Christians struggle to practice this conditional virtue, they are continuously disappointed to find that the flashes of their past terrible experiences keep peeping into their mind, something they had promised to forget.
What happens next? They are thrown back into depression, into knowing that they never forgave the fellows and ultimately they were never forgiven by their God. Remember, I am referring to this virtue of forgiveness as conditional just because our God forgives when we forgive others or, rightly put, we forgive others because our God forgives us.
The bible has many verses telling us to forgive each other but it doesn’t have a verse saying, “forgive and forget” (Help me prove this by scrolling through all the books of the bible alert me if you find it). However, it has some verses highlighting that our God forgives and forgets our sins or trespasses (for example, Hebrews 8:12, Isaiah 43:25). And since our practice of any spiritual fruit is an exact reflection of our father’s practice, then we ultimately must forgive and forget and such a teaching is right.