“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 10:17, NIV
Remember the last time you really messed up? I mean you really did it up right and hurt another person. Some of us are better at this than others! Do you remember what it felt like for that person to say: It is okay, I forgive you and love you? There is just one problem, they do not forget. There is something about the human mind. We can forget where we put the keys to our thirty-thousand-dollar cars, but never forget when a person deeply scars us through words or actions.
When God forgives, He really forgets. He places that wrong in a place to be forgotten, never to be visited again. Jesus said our sin is taken away as far as the east is from the west. Basically from God’s perspective, it is gone.
Oh, to know the forgiveness of our Savior! To experience the cleansing of the Lamb of God, through His blood. To see the restoration of our lives as God fully intends. The Apostle John was a man much like you and me. He knew of failure and sin. He also knew the One through which forgiveness could come. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Our challenge today in experiencing God’s forgiveness is to first understand the love and mercy of God. Both of these attributes are applied when God says He forgives you. Second, we must be willing to know that when God forgives us, we are truly forgiven. Stop beating yourself up. Paul tells us in Romans that when we are in Christ there is no more condemnation. Often the hardest forgiveness to obtain is our own. Christ went to Calvary so that we would be able to bathe in the cleansing fountain of God’s love. Never take the forgiveness of God for granted or believe it is impossible to attain.
QUESTION: Have you confessed your sin and asked God to forgive you? Are you walking in the love of God’s forgiveness today?