They he says “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” Hebrews 10:17 NLT
A number of years ago, my husband hit a dog in our development. It was right in front of the pups home and he didn’t get the car stopped fast enough when the dog ran out into the road. He knocked on the door and confessed. The owners cried at the loss of their beloved pet.
The pet was buried in their yard and a white cross was erected to mark the site. They saw it as a special memorial to their lost dog and an honor to its memory. We saw it as a horrible reminder of one of the worst things we had ever done and a special memorial to their terrible neighbors. The cross stood there as a guilty reminder every time we drove in or out of our home. New people now live there and we too have since moved on but each time I drive by the crime scene, I still remember.
The cross still stands today as a reminder of our sin and need of a savior. In the communion service, we are asked to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. This new covenant calls us to remember his body broken for us and his blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins. I Corinthians 11:26 states, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Yes, it is good to remember.
God does not have a bad memory but he does choose to forget our sins when he forgives our sins. He loved us when we were sinners and he loves us still. When we come to him in confession and repentance, he forgives and forgets. Hebrews 8:12 tells us, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Psalm 103:12 states, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Again in Isaiah 43:25, God says, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
We tend to torture ourselves when we dredge up all the old dirt that Jesus has covered with his blood. Condemnation is a tool of Satan to make you feel unworthy and unable to push forward. He wants to immobilize God’s troops and keep us from bringing God glory.
Micah tells us in Micah 7:19, “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Let’s leave our sin at the bottom of the ocean, buried and forgotten. There is no reason to dig it up again. Learn from your past and move on. God doesn’t remember your iniquities so why should you?