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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Vantage Point: Canceled Debts

By Ken Horn
March 21, 2010

Memory can be a strange thing.

We have no trouble remembering big things. Like what we were doing when we heard about (or saw) the terror attacks on America on 9/11/01.

I well remember the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I was in high school, walking across campus when a friend stopped me. “Did you hear? Kennedy was shot,” he said. I thought he was joking at first.

I also remember a small detail connected to this event. That guy owed me a dollar … and he never paid me back.

A dollar isn’t too significant a debt, but it seemed a lot to me then. I can’t say I incurred any lasting damage because I was never paid back. And I certainly don’t harbor any ill will over it.

But I can’t forget about that dollar. It’s ingrained in the experience of a major historical event. It’s simply part of my memory.

There are other things I find difficult to forget that are more significant — like times I have wronged or hurt someone — even when forgiveness has been extended by both God and man. That kind of memory can remind Christians of lessons learned and prevent repeat offenses. What we must not do is remain in bondage to those memories. (See 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1.)

Here’s God’s attitude: “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. … As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:10,12).

We can never change the fact that a sin has been committed. But we can — and must — forgive those who have wronged us.

We must also accept forgiveness when it has been given to us. God practices selective memory. Since He’s omniscient I don’t believe He truly forgets about your sin, but once it has been forgiven He will not bring it up against you.

A debt only needs to be canceled once.

Ken Horn

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