Harmful or Healing Memories?

“Forget none of His benefits.”  Psalm 103:2

Some of us seem to have better memories than others.  Some can remember things from their first year of life, or have perfect recall of an entire book or lesson.  On the other hand, there’s those of us who need lists to remind us of everything, then we forget to check the list, or worse, forget where the list is! 

Most often, our memories are misplaced too.  We forget things we should remember, and remember things we should forget.  As Spurgeon said,

While memory too well preserves a poisonous weed, it permits the Rose of Sharon to wither.”

We often preserve harmful memories so we can dwell on them for years to come.  We hold onto the poisonous things, like bitterness, anger, hurt and pains within, as well as twisted images or troubling reports from without.

However, in doing so, we may forget the more wonderous, healing memories–all of God’s benefits:   His goodness, grace and mercy, redemption at the Cross, and promise of eternal live!  Here are a few things God’s Word tells to


Jesus’ body broken for us  (Luke 22:19)

Jesus’ blood shed for us  (I Cor. 11:35)

God’s benefits, who pardons all our sins, heals our diseases and redeems our lives (Psalm 103)

Who created us (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

His Words (John 15:20)

Lord, help us to let go of poisonous memories, and preserve ones that heal.  Help us to hold fast to Jesus and never allow the precious Rose of Sharon to wither away in our hearts and minds!


“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put way from you, along with all malice.

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  Ephesians 4:31,32


What helps you to let go of harmful memories and focus on healing ones?

One thought on “Harmful or Healing Memories?

  1. Linda,

    When I remind myself of God’s promise for me…I cease from taking…the judgment seat and letting Him have His way. I admit…it is not always easy but it has worked again and again.

    When I look at Roses, I will remember that forgiveness is part of my covenant relationship with the Father and my fellow man.

    God bless and keep you!


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