Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is FORGET http://fiveminutefriday.com/linkup .
Forget – we all forget things don’t we? We can all fail to remember something, a name, an object, an appointment, or even the password we set up yesterday (particularly annoying when we can remember things form a long time ago!), why we went into a room, why we opened a certain drawer or cupboard (what did I come in here for?) and we can all deliberately stop thinking about something.
Did you know that we can do something that God can’t? Now that’s some thought! I can do something that God can’t. We can remember our sins after we’ve confessed them – but God can’t.
Isaiah 43:25 ESV I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Hebrews 8:12 ESV For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Psalm 103:12 ESV As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Jeremiah 31:34 ESV And no longer shall each one teach his neighbour and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
1 John 1:9 ESV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
So, when we are reminded about our past sin, who is it that’s reminding us? It certainly isn’t God – we confess our sins and He forgets them, scripture tells us that as a fact, it’s none-negotiable. God intentionally forgets our sin, our guilt. Reminding ourselves of our sin makes us feel unworthy of God’s love for us, puts a distance between us and Him, makes us feel anxious and unable to approach Him with prayer, petitions, worship and more. But wait, isn’t that just what Satan wants to happen? Doesn’t he want there to be an unbridgeable distance between us and God, the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all? Do we remind ourselves of our past sin, or are we listening to the accuser’s whispers, the liar’s deceptions? As the song Before the Throne of God above says: “When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see Him there, who made an end to all my sin. Because the sinless Saviour died, my sinful soul is counted free, for God the Just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me”