Here’s an inventive use for a colander! Washing small Lego pieces would otherwise be a chore with some invariably escaping down the garbage disposal. But whether one uses a strainer or a colander, those holes are useful for rinsing without losing the contents down the drain. In French there is a saying using the word, colander. This kitchen tool is likened to our memories, which can be full of holes. They will also call a memory lapse a “trou” or hole.
Today’s verse addresses the problem of forgetting. When we forget that our past sins have been forgiven, we miss out on all that God has given us for life and godliness (verse 3). He has given us goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love (verse 5-7). These qualities, which are part of His divine nature, are to be increasingly evident in the life of a believer (verse 8) and they keep us from being ineffective and unproductive for Him. The problem comes when we are strangled with guilt over what God has already forgiven.
I am so encouraged to see God use imperfect people. Paul was responsible for the death of many Christians and yet, he grasped the truth of God’s forgiveness. Peter, after his famous denials of Christ, took hold of God’s grace and went on to accomplish great things for God. I want to remind myself daily of His full and complete cleansing. He has removed my sin as far as the east is from the west! (Psalm 103:12). I do not want to focus on what is no longer an issue for Him.
Thank you Lord, for Your full and complete forgiveness!