Daily Bible Nugget #471, Isaiah 43:18

The Nugget:

Isa 43:18  Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. (KJV)

Isa 43:18 Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past. (CEV)

My Comment:

Sometimes dwelling upon the past can bring us down spiritually if what we replay in our memories is more negative than positive. It is always better to think upon the things Paul listed at Philippians 4:8,

Php 4:8 Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. (CEV)

Paul had something to say about what is expressed in Isaiah 43:18 above. Paul wrote:

Php 3:13 My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. (CEV) 

Paul explains why he chose to forget what is behind: 

Php 3:14 I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.

Php 3:15 All of us who are mature should think in this same way. And if any of you think differently, God will make it clear to you. (CEV)

Take time to think about the right things. Take time to read the Bible on a regular basis, even daily if you can. Be careful of dredging up negative things from the past. Paul, in his list of the characteristics of genuine love, tells us that “Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do” (1 Corinthians 13:5, (CEV, Contemporary English Version).

May you be greatly blessed with much genuine love this season, regardless of what else might be going on!  




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