Do you have hard time believing that God does not remember the things he has forgiven you? I hear you. I’ve written a lot about our need of forgiveness, the importance of forgiveness, even what living forgiveness means. I’ve done it because I believe forgiveness is one of the most life-changing things because it brings freedom. It leads us from brokenness to wholeness. But this does not happen if we don’t truly believe forgiven means forgiven and that God forgives and forgets.
Take him at his word
My best advice here is to not trust your feelings here. Feelings most often don’t tell the truth in faith matters. Don’t base your faith on your experiences how you – or the people you know – handle forgiveness. You know, God is God, not a human being. Instead of trusting your feelings or your experiences, take God at his word.
And I will forgive their wickedness,
and I will never again remember their sins.
(Hebrews 8:13, NLT)
God forgives and forgets
What God says, goes. And God clearly states in his word that he forgives everyone who asks forgiveness in Jesus’ name. And, my dear reader, that’s not all. God forgives and forgets. For real. Even if we have hard time to forgive and forget, God readily does. (And he wants to teach us to do too.)
It’s not that God could not remember our forgiven inequities. But God chooses not to remember. He will never again remember our sins he’s forgiven. When sins are forgiven, they’re at once forgotten. Why then would we not believe him? Why would we keep on being slaves of our past transgressions? We have been freed. Let’s not succumb back into the slavery. Of course, that’s what the enemy tries to do by reminding us of our pasts sins. But, hey! God forgives and forgets. Shouldn’t we too?
You are so good to us.
Thank you for providing us forgiveness in Jesus
and for then forgetting our sins.
Help also us to forgive and forget, Lord.
Show us how to live forgiveness every day of our lives.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Q4U: Do you believe that God forgives and forgets?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace forgiveness and what it really means!