I will forgive your sins and then forget them.
Hebrews 8:12 (WEB)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness.
I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.”
God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. He is all powerful, He is everywhere and He is all knowing. Yet the God who created the heavens and the earth with just the sound of His voice has decided to have a poor memory when it comes to our sin. In today's promise, God says that He will forgive all of our sins and then forget each of one of them.
The One who is limitless in every way, has chosen to intentionally forget every mistake, every failure, every time we have hurt Him because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Sometimes I wonder if I actually live each day in the knowledge that God has forgiven me so completely that He can't even remember one time when I have sinned.
As Paul the Apostle said, "Do we keep on sinning that grace abound? God forbid!" However, if we allow the full weight of this promise to seep deep into our hearts, we won't be continually re-counting our sin over and over in our own minds (and perhaps in our prayers).
Because of our Father's great mercy, He chooses to forgive and then forget. Let us embrace the words of Paul in Philippians 3:12-14 today and choose to forget the things that God forgets...
12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (WEB)