My Memory Ain't What It Used To Be - July 7, 2018
James Collins

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more Hebrews 8:12

The doctor said to me, “Did you take those pills I gave you to improve your memory?” I said, “What pills?” I seem to be more and more forgetful as I get older. I have to write things down on little notes to help me remember. The problem is I keep forgetting where I left those notes. I have a lousy memory.

I read a story the other day about President Donald Trump. The story goes that President Trump decided that it was time to do some public relations at a local Washington DC nursing home. He began his “tour” down the main hallway and passed by a little old man who didn’t seem to notice him. President Trump backed up and said to the man, “Do you know who I am?” The little old man looked up from his walker and said, “No, but if you go to the front desk, they will tell you your name.”

That’s a funny story and I suppose that some memory loss comes with getting older. But it isn’t funny when someone has severe memory loss. It isn’t funny when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer or prostate cancer combined. Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.

My great aunt, Ona Lee, had Alzheimer’s. Very few people called her Ona Lee. Most of us called her Aunt Lee. Aunt Lee had a long and blessed life. She lived into her nineties. She lived long enough to see her five children give her 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. However, Alzheimer’s robbed her of her memory and the ability to care for herself during the last few years of her life. She had to be placed in a nursing home.

I went to see Aunt Lee not long before she died. She had been part of the extended family that had raised me. When I was young, Aunt Lee and I were very close. But she didn’t remember me. I walked into her room. She smiled at me and said, “Who are you.” I said, “It’s me. I’m your nephew, James. Don’t you remember me?” She looked confused. She said, “No.” I felt sad that she didn’t know me. Then she said, “It’s alright. I don’t have to remember you. I love you anyway.” She smiled at me with a smile that lit up the room. There was no memory, but there was love.

It is the same with God. God knows everything, but the Bible tells us that He has chosen to have a poor memory. He will not remember our sins. If you are a Christian, your sins have been forgotten. Your sins are covered by the blood of Jesus. There is no memory of your iniquities and sins. There is only love.

The point is: Do you want to experience that kind of love? The Bible says that if you come to Jesus Christ in faith, He will forgive you and love you. God will forget all the wrongs that you have done. He will remember them no more. You will experience forgiveness and God will never bring up your sins again. You can have that kind of love today. Come to Jesus.

If you are already a Christian, the Bible teaches that we are to be more like Christ each day. Jesus is perfect. Part of being perfected is developing a poor memory for sin. When it comes to what other people have done to you, or your own past sins, be perfect as God is perfect. If He forgets your past sins, then by His grace do the same thing. Don’t remember the sins of others and forget your own. Start developing a lousy memory.

James Collins’ memory isn’t what it used to be. But he remembers where God has planted him. He is the Pastor of Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. You are invited to church tomorrow. For more information, call (620) 223-2986 or go to www.fortscottfsbc.com.

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