For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
I would like to share with you something I heard a pastor say today. I still can't completely understand it so I know cannot adequately explain it. It is one of those verses you can't understand it so you just have to believe it, but honestly, it's hard to believe.
God said in the eighth chapter of Hebrews that my, yours, or our sins He would remember no more. It didn't say He forgot them, that would be an accident or a mistake, but that He willfully choose not to remember ever again. It's unnatural and uncommon to forget about the bad things people do especially when it causes pain or grief.
You could live a righteous life for 50 years, mess up for five minutes, and most people would never let you forget it or live it down, but God said I will not remember, recall, or remind you of your past. Hallelujah!! And Amen!! It's willful, He does it on purpose, He said, "I will be merciful", that should be enough for any saint to lift the roof off the church house with a voice of thanksgiving.
Let this thought settle in, just because we remember, does not mean He remembers. But He didn't stop there, let me turn your attention to Hebrews 6:10-
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have
shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."
Do you see what God is telling us? All the sins you have committed, I will remember no more, but all the good you have done I won't forget it! He said, I'm making a choice to not remember the bad you did, but I will not forget any of the good you did.
How can a holy just God make a declaration like this? JESUS. It's the only place where God's justice met with His mercy. At the cross justice and mercy stood hand in hand. Jesus took my punishment so I could receive mercy. The song writer of old said it best when He laid the pen to the paper and wrote, "What sins are you talking about I don't remember them any more".
Most people would remember all the bad and forget the good, but not God! He chooses to remember the good.
Pastor Ken Smith