“Stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance” (2 Peter 3:1).
There is a sure and certain way to know that our memory has been affected by the fall. Is it not true that we can easily and quickly remember all the wrongs others have done to us, but we soon forget the good and acts of kindness? Let’s see what Scripture has to say about this diseased faculty.
God reprimanded Israel for their forgetfulness. In Jeremiah 2:32 the Lord says, “My people have forgotten me days without number.” Moses charged Israel to remember all the great things God had done for them (see Deuteronomy 24:22, 7:18, 16:3.) He told them to keep the Sabbath day in holy remembrance (5:15.)
Peter encouraged his readers to constantly remind themselves of the wonderful salvation won for them through the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet we know how treacherous, fickle and foolish the memory can be.
Healing for the memory
Believers have at least three things that can transform and heal the memory. Three promises that will keep it fresh and alive.
1. The Word of God … “But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them” (John 16:4.) How can we remember if we do not take the time to meditate on His word?
2. The Spirit of God … “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26.) Do we not often wilfully ignore the guidance of the Divine Remembrancer?
3. The Blood of the Son of God … “This do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19.) Of course, this blood cannot heal our fallen memory until it has first cleansed the soul from sin.
In this section sought to reveal the nature of sanctification in the soul of man. We have briefly looked at the sevenfold work of sanctification in our lives, that is, in the conscience, the will, the affections, the desires, the mind, the imagination and the memory.
Each of these faculties became depraved, distorted, defiled and diseased because of sin. Paul calls this “the carnal mind” (Romans 7:20.) Only the thorough work of sanctification will rid us of this aspect of the fallen nature. Then everything that is within us can bless God’s Holy Name … “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (Psalm 103:1.) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ