It’s hard to imagine that the God of all creation can be forgetful.
After all God knows everything and yet God says of himself that he chooses to forget our sins.
For some this may seem to be a leap of faith too far.
You may have struggled with the idea that you are even forgiven, let alone that God chooses to forget your sins. However, the scriptures tell us that this is indeed the case.
The first time God mentions that he forgets our sins is in, Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he [The Lord] removed our transgressions from us.
Once more in, Isaiah 43:25 ‘I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Further more in, Jeremiah 31:34 No longer will they teach their neighbour, or say to one another, “Know the Lord,” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’
And, just in case you thought this applied to only those under the old testament covenant.
In Hebrews 8:12, inspired by the Holy Spirit Paul quotes Isaiah. Thereby establishing the faithfulness of God’s attitude regarding sin.
You see the Lord God, having sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. Firmly establishes that all our sins, past, present and future are atoned for.
We then having received Jesus as Lord of our lives, accepting Jesus as God’s son, confessing our sins and as a result, repenting – turning away – from our offensive behaviour, enter into God’s peace and favour.
It would therefore be unjust of God to continue to hold our sins against us; and God is holy and fair.
As a child of God, you have been set free from the law of sin and death [Romans 8:2].
So, what if you’re still struggling with the constant nagging doubt that your sins are continually being held over you?
Well now It’s time to establish a line in the sand.
At your earliest opportunity spend time with God and pray. Speak out the sin that you feel is being held against you. Write the date in your diary, journal, mirror or wall, anywhere that will mark as a reminder. Knowing that as you’ve prayed confessing your sin, there’s now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus [Romans 8:1].
To presume that there is no price large enough to cover over your sinful thoughts or behaviour, is to declare that Christ’s blood is not enough for you.
This line of thinking is simply not true.
If there are conversations to be had with injured parties or restitution to be made. Then do all these things as the Lord leads you.
If your sin is criminal, then there are earthly consequences, and you need to turn yourself over to the appropriate authorities.
But if your sin is an issue with the Holiness of God, having asked for forgiveness. Know the price has already been paid.
There is no place for self-flagellation in the Kingdom of God.
Forgive yourself; to hold on to your past mistakes is to live a life of slow poison. Let it go.
Finally lets not forget that we have an enemy, who delights in keeping you locked in spiritual bondage and fear.
Having consciously brought the issue before God, if the nagging thoughts return.
Just ignore them.
This aggravating voice has no power over you, remind yourself of who you are.
In Jesus you are the righteousness of God [2 Corinthians 5:21].
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