Have you ever found yourself in a place of gratitude where you feel like thanking God for His forgiveness? Have you started listing sins for which your grateful that He has forgiven you for? I know that I have in the past and it wasn’t until today’s devotion that I realized that He had no idea about what I was talking about.
Am I saying that God has a memory problem? Heavens no! What I am saying that our awesome God chooses to not remember.
I will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 RSV
Think about that the God of the universe chooses to not remember our sins! What a wonderful gift! Once we’ve asked forgiveness it is done over with, finished! Never to be mentioned or seen or heard of again!
He didn’t have to do that but that is His grace in action. He loves us enough to offer us the grace of forgetting. Not forgetfulness, because that isn’t a gift that’s a defect. No His grace is the act of forgetting. A choice He makes each time we ask forgiveness for a sin. Now that’s a loving God and Father.
Our own fathers may have been great dads but this grace of the act of forgetting our sins is something that didn’t happen. It’s not their fault it didn’t happen, it’s not human nature to choose to forget.
In fact it’s something that we normally don’t even choose to do for ourselves even after we’ve asked forgiveness of our sins. If God can forgive and forget shouldn’t we?
Let’s take this a step at a time. Do you find yourself asking forgiveness for the same sin over again and again? I’m not talking about doing the same sin. I mean the exact same sin as if you weren’t forgiven the first time you were asked. If you are, stop your unbelief and trust God at his word.
I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 1 John 2:12
His name is Jesus. Once you’ve accepted what Christ did on the cross for you, asked forgiveness for your sins, you are His child. As His child you can see in the above verse that your sins are forgiven. It doesn’t say that you need to ask again and again. Once is sufficient. Only when we’ve sinned again do we then need to repent or ask forgiveness again. Then do our best to live a godly or righteous life.
Now about forgetting, we remember them so that we can learn from them and not repeat them. That doesn’t give us the right to beat ourselves up over them. It is of no benefit and only harms us. We must forgive ourselves ! Learn from our errors and don’t perpetuate them by beating ourselves up over them. The only one that pleases is Satan. Surely it is not our goal to please the enemy.
As the Bible says don’t give the enemy a foothold. I know in context it is talking about anger but isn’t that a part of beating ourself up over sin? Aren’t we angry with yourself? We need to cut ourselves a little slack. We are human, we are not God. That means that we are going to sin from time to time. The important thing is that the moment we become aware of the sin, we ask forgiveness of it, and do our best not to repeat it.
Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart!