Forgive and Forget

Sometimes we revisit a time that we were hurt. We talk a lot about forgiving and we may even do it most of the time. But forgiving and forgetting? That’s a different matter altogether!

For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Jeremiah 31:34b

This is the week leading up to the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

On October 31, 1517, a theology professor at the University of Wittenberg (Germany) attempted to open a collegial debate about the selling of indulgences and what it meant for the proclamation – and living out – of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Instead, his posting of his 95 Theses (which you can read here) ignited a fire-storm of reformation across Europe – the effects of which are still felt, and being played out, 500 years later.

One of the tenants of the 95 Theses – and of the Reformation – is that God forgives our sins freely through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross.

Our sins are forgiven. Our sins are forgotten. When we are forgiven by God – for the sake of Jesus Christ – God says that he doesn’t remember our sins.

God keeps no record of the sins of those who have saving faith in Jesus Christ.

If You, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

Psalm 130:3-4

A few years ago, I wrote the following – which can now be found in Journey to Calvary – In My Father’s Footsteps, Vol. 3.

One year I drove from Missouri to Nevada and back. The drive to Nevada was interesting as I had never seen Amarillo, Tucumcari, or Flagstaff before. After about a ninth month stay in Nevada I drove back to Missouri. In a way, I was revisiting my past. I drove the exact same route as before, only backwards.

Well, not literally backwards. I took the same route as I did going west, only going east this time.

It wasn’t the same driving back in this way: none of the places I saw were “new” anymore. I had already been there.

Sometimes we revisit a time that we were hurt. We talk a lot about forgiving and we may even do it most of the time. But forgiving and forgetting? That’s a different matter altogether!

God does exactly that. With the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God forgives all our sins. But even better than that (which may be surprising but is possible!) God forgets our sins! As if they never happened!

So many times we can forgive wrongs committed against us. But forgetting them is a lot harder. That’s how great God is. He forgives AND forgets, because of His Son Jesus Christ.

This is powerful stuff. God, in turn, gives us the power to forgive others for the sake of Jesus Christ. It is good news that we are forgiven. We can share that good news in a powerful way by forgiving others.

So here’s a little “homework” for you. Forgive someone who has hurt you in the past and strive to forget that they did hurt you.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving all my sins through the death of Jesus Christ. I also thank you for forgetting all my sins through Jesus. Help me to do the same with those who sin against me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

© 2017 True Men Ministries

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