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Just as when a man and woman fall in love, so also new believers rejoice at their new found forgiveness. You know how it is when you first get married. The newness of it makes it so exciting.

An 80-year-old couple was having problems remembering those good times, though they were having problems remembering anything. So they went to see their doctor to get checked out. They explained and, after checking the couple out, the doctor said they were physically OK, and they should write things down, make notes. They thanked doc and left.

Later while watching TV, the man got up from chair and the wife asked,

"Where are you going?"

"To the kitchen."

"Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?"


"Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?"

"NO, I can remember that."

"Well, I would also like some strawberries on top. You had better write that down, because I know you will forget that."

"I can remember that you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries."

"Well, I also would like whipped cream on top. I know you will forget that, so write that down."

With irritation in his voice, he said, "I don’t need to write that down; I can remember that!" He then fumes into the kitchen.

After about 20 minutes he returns and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment and says angrily, "I TOLD you to write it down You forgot my toast!"

No wonder they couldn’t think back to how it used to be. We tend to forget as well. Our new found love, our salvation is exciting. The newness of it makes it so exciting. But when we lose sight of the seriousness of sin. We being to lose the thrill of our forgiveness.

In the first steps of your Christian life, you may have had enthusiasm without knowledge. Do you now have knowledge without enthusiasm? Both are necessary if we are to keep love for God intense and untarnished. Do you love God with the same fervor as when you were a new Christian?

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