Summary: To truly forgive someone means you will treat that person as if he or she had never done the wrong in the first place.
Leave Left Behind - Left Behind by Steve Keeler
"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to
anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not
always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger
forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high
as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His
lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as
the east is from the west, so far has He removed our
transgressions from us."
We need to strive to be like this when we forgive
others. It's not that you have no memory of what
happened. But to truly forgive someone means you will
treat that person as if he or she had never done the
wrong in the first place.
Hopefully we would all agree that forgiving one
another, and forgetting, makes for stronger and
healthier relationships. It improves the quality of our
relationships in church, in our families, with the people
we live with and around everyday.
But have you ever wondered, does God really forgive
and forget? As Christians we know He forgives, and we
deeply appreciate that forgiveness!
But once we are forgiven, what does God do with the
memory of that sin? Does God forget? Can God
I might also ask: what do we do with the memory of our
past sins? Paul tells us in Corinthians that we are to
examine ourselves to see how we are doing in our walk
When we do this we come to better understand our
need for repentance and forgiveness. In this process of
examination many of us will remember past sins, sins
that we have repented of and have been forgiven of.
For some of us those memories are encouraging,
because they show us that we have changed and
But for some, those memories in conjunction with
current sins and faults that we come to see in our self
examination, can discourage us and bring us down.
Today we go over a very important aspect of
forgiveness, which is forgetting.
Today, I want to look at what God's Word says He
does with our past sins. Then we will take a look at the
wonderful example of the apostle Paul.
Hebrews 10:16, speaks of God's Covenant between
Him and His people in this way:
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after
those days, says the lord: I will put my laws upon their
heart, and on their mind I will write them, He then says,
and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember
We all know that God forgives our iniquity, our sin, by
the shed blood of Jesus Christ. But that is not all He
does for us!
This verse tells us "their sin I will remember no more."
God doesn't just forgive which in itself is a marvelous
and wondrous gift, no, He goes beyond that. He
forgives and He forgets!
Forgiven, forgotten, forever. Amen!
He will not call our sins to remembrance; they will not
ever enter His mind. Once God forgives us it is as if the
sin never happened.
Listen to God in Isaiah 43:25
"I, even I, am the one who wipes out your
transgressions for My own sake, and I will not
remember your sins."
God, in His marvelous mercy, blots out our sins as a
benefit to us to be sure, but also for His own sake
because He earnestly desires to make us part of His
eternal divine family.
We have His guarantee that when He blots out our
sins, they really are blotted out. He will never bring
them up; they will never enter His mind. It will be as if
they never occurred! I don't know about you, but I find
that incredibly comforting.
Let me give you another example of what I'm talking
about, this is what Isaiah 65:17 says; "For behold, I
create new heavens and a new earth; and the former
things will not be remembered or come to mind."
The time is coming quickly when the evils of this world
will not be remembered.
They won't enter God's mind or ours. God is going to
wipe away every tear and every sorrow, including
those that we have brought upon ourselves and
inflicted upon others by our sins.
These and other scriptures show us that our loving
God is forward thinking. He is able to look beyond our
faults to what we can be, and with His help, what we
We need to have the same mind. We also need to look
beyond our past, and even beyond what we are right
now, to see where God is leading us.