Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
A story is told of a man who had committed the same sin and asked for forgiveness 19 times in the same month and due to his shame fervently begged God for mercy. In the story God’s response is “What do you mean 19th?” The point being that when God forgives our sin the matter is not only forgiven but also forgotten. We find this promise at Hebrews 8:12 where God, referring to those who know him declares:
“For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
And I will remember their sins no more.”
This promise of God is very difficult for humans to grasp. How many times have we heard someone say “I can forgive, but I can’t forget.”? It is especially hard for us to believe that a holy God would give us such an “easy” out for our disobedience. Our difficulty in accepting that God ceases holding us to account for sins that we have confessed and repented of, provides powerful leverage for Satan. Our human natures expect to be endlessly held to account for wrongs we have committed, and he is more than happy to oblige by heaping guilt on us for as long as we will let him.
When we tell ourselves that forgiveness can’t possibly be so easy, it is helpful to remember the enormous price that was paid. The forgiveness God offers us today is the direct result of the sacrifice Jesus made at Calvary in the greatest act of love in history. When Satan attempts to inflict pain on us by reminding us of old, forgiven transgressions we should simply point to the cross.