“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” Micah 7: 18.
The story is told of a woman who had reportedly had visions of Jesus. The local elder heard of this and set up a meeting with her.
“Is it true that you have visions of Jesus?” he asked.
“Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession.”
The woman was stunned.
“You actually want me to ask Jesus to tell me the sins of your past?”
“Exactly. Please call if anything happens.”
Ten days later the elder saw the woman and asked her, “Did you do what I asked?”
“Yes, I asked Jesus to tell me the sins you confessed in your last confession.”
The elder leaned forward with anticipation.
His eyes narrowed.
“What did Jesus say?”
“Elder, these are God’s exact words…I can’t remember.”
When we earnestly seek God and genuinely confess our sins to Him, He forgives us and remembers them no more.
We are repeat offenders, yet, He forgives us. We flirt with other gods, yet, He loves us. We beat ourselves up for our past confessed sins and God remembers them no more. Others remind us of our sins. The Only Judge remembers them no more. The devil plasters before our eyes vivid, dark visions of who we were and what we did in the past, still, God forgives and does not hold them against us. The consequences of past sins are stamped with condemnation. God’s forgiveness is stamped with love. The evil plotting. The house visit. The perfectly crafted lie. The horrid fight. The envy. The deep burning anger. We remember them and often replay them in our minds but God remembers forgiven sin no more.
Scripture testifies to this: Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In Jeremiah 31:34 we read, “…For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” In Isaiah 43:25 it says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”
When the haunting memories of sins committed yesterday overwhelm you, remember that God has not only forgiven you but remembers them no more. His grace doesn’t keep a score card. His grace will never run out. His loving forgetfulness will never expire. His grace doesn’t take a break – it thoroughly forgives and forgets.
Live forgiven this week!