Inattentive To Forgetful

“(1.) When we have received gospel truths into our minds, we are in danger of letting them slip. Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not without much care retain what is poured into them; this proceeds from the corruption of our natures, the enmity and subtlety of Satan (he steals away the word), from the entanglements and snares of the world, the thorns that choke the good seed. (2.) Those meet with an inconceivable loss who let gospel truths, which they had received, slip out of their minds; they have lost a treasure far better than thousands of gold and silver; the seed is lost, their time and pains in hearing lost, and their hopes of a good harvest lost; all is lost, if the gospel be lost. (3.) This consideration should be a strong motive both to our attention to the gospel and our retention of it; and indeed, if we do not well attend, we shall not long retain the word of God; inattentive hearers will soon be forgetful hearers.”

– Matthew Henry, commenting on Hebrews 2:1-4

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  1. Leaky vessels? Amen and yea, verily. And I find the if I discipline myself to memorize and meditate on Scripture, anything else I need to remember is retained more easily than when I’m being mentally lazy and not memorizing Scripture. Hmmm…think there’s a connection?

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