You know all about the grudging way we mortals “forgive” one another. “Well, I’ll forgive but I can’t forget.” Since we can’t forget, ugly memories keep coming back and drain off our willingness to forgive.
Ready for yet another gospel surprise? Here is an amazing prophecy and promise from Jeremiah, a humble minister of God who had to watch the Babylonian captivity take place before his own eyes. Here is God speaking to sinful Israel (and speaking also to you): “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).
Here’s another puzzle for you. Is God absentminded? Does he have heavenly Alzheimer’s disease? If God is omniscient, how could he lose track of data like this? The answer is that God chooses not to remember our failures (a feat we’re not capable of). He can indeed forgive and forget.
Do you know what that means? You can live each moment of each day without dreading that the hammer will fall.