Why Should We Remember what God Forgets?
We serve a forgetful God. This forgetfulness reflects no-fault in him, simply no weakness of his mind or memory space. Rather, it reflects the strength of his mercy and grace, pertaining to he forgets just what would individual us from him, only what might alienate sinful human beings from a holy God. It is our sinfulness that he puts out of his mind, the wickedness that he remembers no more. Though he has seen all the bad we have done and all the good we have left undone, still he’s banished it all from his mind. This individual regards us as though we had never sinned, relates to us as if we had only have you been as righteous as Christ.
Such forgetfulness is intentional, not inadvertent, a choice, not a mistake. It is evidence of God’s character, a manifestation of his mercy. Also it challenges us all with a question: Why should all of us remember what The almighty forgets?
Why exactly should we dwell upon the sins we now have committed that God himself has forgotten? Why should we live in a shameful previous that God has already put out of his faultless mind? No matter the object of our bad thing, no matter the the law of gravity of our transgressions, each one has ultimately already been directed at God. Towards him, him only have we sinned and done what is bad in his sight, even when we’ve afflicted our own conscience or broken our fellow man. In each, Lord has stood as victim and as witness, but also as negotiate and judge. Within each, he has declared us not guilty, intended for he has counted these sins against Christ and counted Christ’s righteousness toward all of us. He has sunk those sins in the depths of the ocean, thrown them behind their back, put them away as far as east is usually from west. He has forgotten them all. And when we are to be holy as God is definitely holy, then certainly we ought to replicate our Father in his forgetfulness. Surely we ought to receive their forgiveness, to ignore what we’ve done, to go forward in the mercy, and to bad thing no more.
And then why should we think of the offenses other people have committed against us when Lord has forgotten the offenses we have dedicated against him? He that has been forgiven much, loves much, and he who loves much, forgets much. If The almighty keeps no report of wrongs, why exactly should we? What right has a husband to maintain an accounting of his wife’s sins and offenses, or perhaps a wife her husband’s flaws and disappointments, when God has gazed into the greatest depths of their hearts, when God provides witnessed the concealed motives behind each one of their actions, and when he has forgotten all the depravity he has noticed there? What advantage is there in a pastor storing up a list of a church member’s shortcomings when pastor and parishioner as well have sinned significantly and been forgiven freely? How can we who have obtained the sweet mercy of forgetfulness neglect to grant it to another? Wouldn’t harboring the sins of an additional and counting all of them against him end up being asking God to consider our sins plus count them against us? It is the beauty of a man in order to overlook any offense because it is the glory of God in order to forget every trespass.
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Plus God continues to demonstrate his love for all of us by matching our sinning with his failing to remember. As we turn far from our sins, he forgets our sins. His forgetfulness is certainly inseparable from their forgiveness, it is proof of his pardon. And when we are called to be imitators of God as dearly dearest children, then we must forget what lies behind—all the sins we’ve committed, all the offenses we’ve suffered—and strain forward always and only to what lies ahead. We must learn to forget just like Lord forgets.