“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12
My feelings were extremely hurt. I can’t believe that someone could say that about me. What have I done to make someone be so mean?
I brewed and brewed over their comment. So much that it became an obsession. I couldn’t let go of the hurtful words they said about me. The more I thought about it the more I did not want to ever forget what they said. I did not deserve that comment and I wasn’t about to forgive them and move on. It hurt and, for the life of me, I just couldn’t get past it.
Ever felt that way? Have you held on to the memories of the pain of what someone said or did to you? Remembering and holding on to hurtful words or actions by someone only makes you bitter. And bitterness eats away at your heart and turns you into a mean person. Do you really want to be that person?
Can you imagine if God held on to every memory of every sin we committed against Him? The pain for Him would be overwhelming and the list would be extremely long. He wouldn’t be a caring and loving God if He kept tabs on every sin we committed against Him. And that is why when I think about this, I fall to my knees and thank God for sending Jesus.
Because of Jesus we don’t have to worry about God remembering every sin we commit. And how do we know He doesn’t? Because of the Hebrews verse listed above. God promises us that He will forgive us and will remember our sins no more.
What? Are you sure, Vanessa? You don’t know what I’ve done and there is no possible way God would EVER forget that horrible sin I committed. It’s much too big for God to let go of. That sin is going down in His book of sins by me for sure.
Yes, I know it’s difficult to comprehend, but when you confess your sins to the Lord, He wipes the slate clean. Gone is the memory of that atrocious sin you committed. What you did no longer exists in God’s eyes. What an amazing promise from the Lord!
Are you still having a hard time believing that God does not remember your sins? Maybe this visual will help you grasp the truth of the Hebrews scripture.
Let’s do a little sin burning! I have done this activity with youth and children in my ministry and it’s a good visual of God’s promise that He does not remember our sins. On a sheet of paper, write down the sins you are asking forgiveness for, as well as any sins you might have already asked forgiveness for, but are having a hard time believing that God has forgiven you. Crumple that paper up and place it in a fire-proof bowl or bucket. Then light your paper on fire and watch your sins turn into ashes. Just as the paper of sins was consumed by the fire, so it is with God when He forgives us. Our sins do not exist anymore. They have been forgotten by our awesome Lord!
My friends, let’s stop beating ourselves up over the sins we commit. When we seek God for forgiveness and confess our sins to Him, He promises to forget them. I pray you will find assurance and comfort that your sins will not be remembered by God. May it bring peace to your worrisome heart and may this burden be lifted from you.
Prayer: Father God, you know our hearts and you know how much we long to be forgiven by you for all that we do. Help us to daily come before you to seek forgiveness. May we be at peace with your words that you promise to remember our sins no more. Ease the worry, the fear, and the guilt that my friends may be feeling due to past mistakes and regrets. Help them find hope in this promise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What sins are you having trouble with letting go of?
Do the sin burning activity listed above. How did this activity help you in believing this promise of God?
Have there been sins committed against you that you are having a hard time forgiving and releasing? Ask God to help you wipe away the memory of those sins and forgive the people who have wronged you.