Have you ever forgiven someone for something and then when they do something to you again you remember what they did the last time? Or even go so far as to remind them what they did last time? Have you ever had it done to you? It’s not a fun experience but we are human and we sometimes expect too much from each other.
The great news is that God doesn’t act like us. When God forgives, He forgives. He doesn’t remember our transgressions.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12
Even King David, the way he talks about himself after the Bathsheba incident (2 Samuel 11) shows he knew that. He had caused a man’s death before but in 2 Samuel 22, King David says:
“The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to my cleanness in his sight.” 2 Samuel 22: 21-25.
King David understood something, that God’s mercy is new every day. He forgets our misdeeds purposely because He wants to see us as we were meant to be. How amazing is it to know that we are so loved by God and He is so merciful that He doesn’t condemn us? We can live in the knowledge that His grace is sufficient for us. Any condemnation we feel is never from God, it’s from the devil.
I’m saying this because sometimes we shy away from doing what God has called us to do because we think we’re not good enough. We let guilt and shame direct our lives. We look at our past or our present and find ourselves unworthy. But God sees us as worthy. King David knew that very well, we could certainly learn from his example.
I’m not saying don’t aim to live a pure life but where you fall short, don’t stay down, get back up and continue going because God doesn’t hold it against you. Even after not getting it right, you can still go back to living a life that is pleasing to God. Don’t let the devil lie to you saying “why bother trying, you’ve sinned so you’re done for.” That’s a lie! Give God the key to your checkered past and focus on what He has called you to do or finding out what that is if you don’t know.
Imagine living everyday knowing that God doesn’t remember your sins. I’m choosing to do that, I hope you will do the same.