In my life, there was a time when things were going wrong and all that I had remaining in life was bad and painful memories. It was totally not in my control. But then with lots of Prayers, and by the Grace of the Lord, I did manage to get some good memories. To my surprise holding on these good memories, i can see that the bad memories are slowly fading and the good memories are building up. I can see that as I hold on to God and keep holding on to the good things and good memories, it kind of keeps building the good memories. Though it really takes a long time to come out of all the bad memories, but still with the guidance of Lord, it not something that is impossible.
Bad memories used to have very bad impact on my identity, and the way I appear to others. It makes me feel disconnected and feel unenthusiastic, halfhearted, unable to focus on things properly, keep doing more and more mistakes and keeps us in the bad memories cycle. When I cry to God for mercy, He through His grace showed the way to get into good memories slowly and steadily.
Psalm 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.
Psalm 42:3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, Where is your God? These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 77:1-2 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.
Now with Good memories and good things returning back, it feels like regaining my own identity. It really gives the positive outlook and confidence when I face others. As we hold on to the Lord, it keeps building one good above other.
Psalm 105:5-9 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
Psalm 111:4-7 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
The foundation for all these is "Our Lord is Loving and Forgiving". He has forgiven all my Transgression and my sins are covered.
Psalm 32:1-2 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Micah 7:19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
These scriptures are wonderful.
Too often we are the ones who hold onto bad memories. We allow them to colour our thinking and our lives. it is good to remember the goodness of the Lord when we dredge up old,painful and bad memories.
Excellent blog that evidently had a lot of work put into it... thank you .