LEST WE FORGET! Not many people use the word “lest” anymore but it is an important word. It means “to avoid the risk of “ or “because of the possibility of.” One of the dangers in our life is to forget what we have learned or where we have come from. As Christians we should not be forgetful of what we were like before we became Christians and the condition in which we found ourselves. We should not dwell on those things and neither should we forget them. The Apostle Paul said, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,” (Colossians 2:13 NIV). Sometimes Christians, when in the presence of non-Christians, get appalled at the non-Christians’ behavior and then the Christian responds in a non-Christian manner. When we forget what we were like before we were saved we very often expect the unsaved to act like they are saved. Life doesn’t work very well when we fall into that trap.
Lest we forget, the Christian life and spiritual maturity is a process, not an instantaneous complete circumstance. Salvation is an instant, once for all transaction between the individual and God through the blood of Jesus Christ. As Paul said, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace,” (Ephesians 1:7 NIV). Spiritual maturity is a process of relationship and growth through the Holy Spirit of God and the Word of God. When fellow Christians fail us and hurt us, lest we forget, let us remember the times we have also failed in our relationships with others. The Apostle Peter asked Jesus this important question, “Lord how many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times,” (Matthew 18:21-22 NIV). I came across this quote from Lewis Smedes in my reading today about what happens when we forgive, “We unshackle our spirits from malice, and maybe, if we are lucky, we also restore a relationship that would otherwise be lost forever.” Lest we forget let us, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you, (Ephesians 4:32 NIV).