It's so important that we know the accurate meaning of words used in Scripture.
For example, "Forget."
Although the Bible normally uses the word "forgive," several verses say God forgets our sins (e.g. Isaiah 43:25).
"Forget" has several meanings, and in this context it means God no longer holds our sins against us. At the final judgment, God gives us eternal life on the basis of Christ’s righteousness, not according to what our sins deserve (Romans 6:23).
We use forget this way when someone says, "I owe you for lunch," and we say "forget it." We're telling them we'll pay for it. We're not telling them to put it out of their minds.
Likewise, God retains a memory/knowledge of our sins after He's erased them from our "accounts payable":
1. He’s still all-knowing (Hebrews 4:12-13).(1)
2. He still examines hearts (Jeremiah 17:10).(2)
3. He still disciplines us for our sins (Hebrews 12:3-11).(3)
4. He still calls us to account for our sins at the final judgment (2 Cor. 5:9-10).(4)
5. He still helps us overcome our sins (Philippians 2:12-13).(5)
(1) See Forgive and Forget
(2) See The God Who Wants to Be our Father
(3) See God Punishes and Discipline, Punishment, Condemnation
(4) See Final Judgment
(5) We want God to know our history so He can help us recognize underlying problems and patterns of sin, weaknesses and addictive behavior. See Doing Our Part
If you have questions about this devotion or would like to do a little more in-depth study of this subject, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.