Forgive or Forget?

Forgive or Forget? God doesn't forget our sins, God knows all things
"When God forgives, He forgets. If you go back the next day and say, 'Remember that sin I committed, Lord?" He'll say, 'No.'"

I've heard this statement countless times and repeated it myself. But, like many popular Christian slogans, it's another misunderstanding created by using pieces-parts of Scripture. 

When Scripture says God forgets our sins (Hebrews 8:12) it means He no longer counts them against us and always treats them as forgiven. 

However, If God forgot our sins literally, He'd cease to be all knowing. And He'd be unable to recognize repetitive sins patterns in our lives. 

Just as a good parent recognizes that a child who lies once a month has a different problem than one who lies several times a day, God also recognizes our sin patterns. 

He "forgets" our sins in regard to eternal punishment, but still remembers every detail of our lives--past, present and future (Hebrews 4:12-13). And that's why He's the most Wonderful Counselor.

Some people believe God cannot look upon us because we are sinners, but this is another misunderstanding. God cannot accept sinful beings into His kingdom unless they are "in Christ." But He is continually aware of our sins (Hebrews 4:12-13) and intimately involved in our lives. He loves us!
Forgive or Forget? God doesn't forget our sins, God knows all things

6 comments:

  1. Very good point… I am wondering how popular this post will be!

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  2. Amen...I need those new mercies every morning!

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  3. God in His mercy awes me... And we can't even say "Im sorry" at times! Thank you Almighty God for who you are....

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  4. I really needed this! Thank you God for being so merciful although I don't deserve it!

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