Don't Store Sin
Psalm 32:2 says, ‘Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity…’ In a practical sense, you could say that when you impute something, you don’t bring it up. For example, if someone has wronged you or you know about their sins (shortcomings and dirt), you don’t impute or remind them of it later on. You do this by not carrying or holding onto the memory which means you’ll have to do what 1 Corinthians 13:5 says and ‘think no evil.’ The way that you achieve this is by making the decision not to rehearse, rewind, relive, or retell what happened. In other words, DON’T STORE SIN!
Your Mind Shouldn’t Be Satan’s Storage
Ephesians 4:27 says, ‘… [don’t] give place to the devil.’ This means don’t make room or provide a place for the devil to store the memory of what happened. Don’t give Satan a place to come, use his key and lock up the memory in your mind; only to come again, at his leisure, to move in yet another hurt, wrong or memory of sin. Don’t store or keep record of sin. Yours or anybody else’s for that matter.
God’s Not a Storage
In Isaiah 43:25, 26 God says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins…” God says, ‘I, even I, have to do it. I blot out your transgressions for My own sake.’ Meaning He doesn’t remember your sins just because He loves you, but for His own benefit. He doesn’t give Satan a place to store what you did wrong in His mind and neither should you. He doesn’t remind you of how you cheated on your taxes, had sex outside of marriage, or cursed out your co-workers. So who are you to remind others of their moral failures? Jesus warns us of this in Matthew 18:27, 28 when He tells of an indebted servant who asked his master to forgive him.
‘…The master [was then so] moved with compassion, [that he] released…and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him…and…took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
When you remind others of their wrongs, you too become like this servant. Not only do you become a storage space for Satan, but you become a judge as well. Matthew 7:2 says that ‘…with what judgment you judge, you will be judged.’ So when you remind someone of their wrongs, dirt or past, you too will be reminded of yours.
Who Do You Think You Are?
Romans 14:4 asks the poignant question, ‘Who are you to judge another’s servant?’ Who are you to decide, think and talk about what someone else did? Who are you to bring up their sin when ‘…God is able to make him stand’? What this is saying here, is that you don’t know if that person has gone to God the Father, and repented for what they did to you. And even if they haven’t, who are you to put your mouth on 'em and bring it up? If they are a child of God, let God discipline His child, not you. You’d have a fit if a stranger beat your child. So why are you whooping God’s kids with your IJS’s, comments, and thoughts of what that person did or did not do?
Forgive, Forget and Store No More
Do yourself a favor and don’t store sin. Don’t let the accuser of the brethren use you to help prosecute one of God’s children. No matter what they did, forgive and forget. All too often we like to say, ‘I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget.’ You better, because if you don’t, you’ll soon become a storage facility for the devil.
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for every thought, word, and deed I have stored in my memory of what others did to me. Lord, those places that have become storage spaces for Satan, I ask that You’d exercise imminent domain and force him and those memories out of my spirit and soul. And Lord, please teach me how to truly forgive and forget. In Jesus’ name.
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