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June 2, 2010Read: Matthew 18 "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.'" --Matthew 18:21-22

Our sense of smell is pretty remarkable. Did you know that we can recall something we smell with 65% accuracy after one full year? Even more impressive when you consider that after merely three months, we can only recall 50% of what we see. From the sweet to the foul, one whiff and we might as well be time travelers. Let's face it, the nose knows.

Our hearts have similar olfactory characteristics. Maybe not for grandma's kitchen cupboard, but each heart has a nose for remembering the good, bad and the rotten. And at times, the ugly scent can linger longer than the others.  After all, it stinks to get hurt. Especially if it's by those we love. And even though we try to forgive, something can trigger a memory and the aroma of the old moment fills the air.

Aren't we glad that when we go to Jesus, our past doesn't leave a stench? Oh Lord, thank you for completely forgiving and completely forgetting. Please help us do the same.

--J.P.

DID YOU KNOW? The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that cropland production would need to increase by 74 million acres if Americans start eating the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

>> If you're looking for more staggering statistics on America's obesity problems, check out the hour-long documentary "One Nation, Overweight," airing all this month on CNBC. For air times, video, statistics and other info, follow the link below:

ONE NATION, OVERWEIGHT

QUESTION: What do you think is the main cause of our child obesity epidemic? Leave your response in comments below.