The Lord Forgives and Forgets

The Lord remembers...

“He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.’ When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: ‘Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.’” Psalm 105:8-15

Did you see the beautiful promise that He gives us in today’s verses? He remembers His covenant forever. This is our assurance that when we come to Him and enter into the covenant of forgiveness that He offers, He will never forget. He will remember my name and the promise that He has made to me that makes my future with Him secure.

But we do have to be reminded that Scripture is quite clear on something that He does forget. Look at what it tells us in Hebrews 8:12, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

When we come to Jesus and repent of our sins, He forgives but then He also forgets. As far as He is concerned, it is just as if we never sinned. We are free of our past. We can be free of our guilt.

He will never forget His covenant with us.

When we ask for forgiveness, He will never remember our sins.

Jesus, thank You for both Your gift of forgiving and Your gift of forgetting.

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