Before knowing Christ, we are dead in our sin. WE NEED HIM! We would do well to remember our humble beginnings.
Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
FORGET: A primitive root; to mislay, that is, to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention.
Another way of saying it is, “Do not lay aside my teaching.” We are to keep His commandments in the forefront of our minds. The idea of laying aside His commands is to disregard them. NOT GOOD!
Paul uses this idea in a good way when talking about past misdeeds:
Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
The Greek definition here is: to lose out of mind; by implication to neglect. We may not be able to “not remember,” but we can set the memories aside and render them powerless to influence us. We “neglect” them.
Learning to “forget” is a process, and as with all processes, is daunting at first. But, with time and practice, we become more adept at moving through the process more quickly; sometimes, we can even create shortcuts (this takes a while)!
Let’s press on toward the goal of being perfect–complete, whole, mature–in Christ. We are being made into His image (Romans 8:29). Indeed, we ARE like Him NOW (1 John 4:17)!