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Forgiven and Forgotten

Our human nature even after we are born again and walking in the spirit, tends to take an indulgence in reminding ourselves of our sins and in doing so ask God to forgive us once again, and again and again. God Himself has declared in so many instances in the Bible where He forgives our sins and iniquities and will remember those no more.

Hebrews 8:12 states 'For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more,' and in Hebrews 10:17, the author says 'And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.'

These are two examples the Holy Spirit has given through the author of Hebrews for us throughout each century to be mindful of yet we endlessly and repeatedly seek forgiveness for the same sins. Christ was crucified once and in that one event forgave everyone’s sins.

We know we are fallen humans but we are saved by His grace unto Eternity. We should be instead thanking Him continually and repeatedly for forgiving and forgetting our sins. If God so loved us then His true forgiveness is in the act of forgetting, which He wants us to also do.

There are different kinds and levels of sin that we get caught up in all through our days on Earth. Those sins which are extreme in nature and can lead to criminal acts will invariably catch up with you and you will have to pay a price for that on Earth through a system of justice and punishment. But even those sins are forgiven and He remembers them no more if you seek His forgiveness and repent. And there are other sins, which range from petty acts of wrongful doing which we know are wrong from our inherent moral conscience that keeps a check on our thoughts and actions, to different degrees of immoral behaviour that can produce a range of actions which act upon our guilt.

God wants us to live a guilt free life even after we have committed acts that are against His righteousness. He knows that we are fallible and weak in the flesh and the temptation will always lurk inside - it’s our fallen human nature. But once forgiven after we believe, we have to labour to enter into His rest which affirms that we are believing in His forgiveness and eternal redemption. Only once we believe do we know that we are at rest. When we are at rest we know our urges to get tempted or do things that we used to once do freely are reigned in by the spirit of faith that guides us.

Isaiah 65:17 says 'For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. And in Jeremiah 31:34, it says 'And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.'

But our human nature is so driven by guilt and our memory seeded in our mind (soul) that we don’t like to let go off our sins. We somehow take a greater selfish delight in reminding ourselves of our sin(s) and rake up the past when God has already forgiven us and remembers them no more. And by reminding ourselves of our sin(s), we being human and weak in the flesh, we end up committing those sins yet again. This is a stark reality and many strong men and women of God have fallen on the spiritual highway of life in the body of Christ just by reminding themselves of their sin and how they were delivered yet end up being tempted again.

Proverbs 26:11 'As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.'

But by ‘returning’ to the remembrance of our ‘forgiven’ memory, we are reminding ourselves of our inglorious past while God doesn’t remember any of those memories, doesn’t want to remember and will not remember. We have a strange infatuation or adoration for being guilt free and we think it is possible only after reminding God each time about a sin or particular sins. This is not only a form of a foolish nature we have but also making a mockery of what Christ did on that cross and demonstrates our weak belief in God’s word. And can also lead us to committing that sin again and over again without any true feeling of remorse, guilt or shame.

In some instances, after being born again and walking in the spirit, we recollect our past and our acts and the people whom we might have caused pain, hurt or suffering and we get these feelings of reaching out to them and asking their forgiveness too. This arises from a need to be absolved completely of our guilt and is ingrained in our human natures. The Spirit guides every person differently and if you are in contact with those people you think you have caused pain and suffering, the Spirit will guide you and direct you. The power of God's forgiveness is that He works in both the sinner and those whom we have committed the sin with.

We need to train our minds with the power of the Holy Spirit to let go off those sins and the memories of it once we have asked forgiveness of those sins and He has delivered us. The possibility of losing our grip on our faith when we remind Him of our forgiven sins is strong and the temptation to repeat that sin can increase when we rake up the past guilt and shame.

We have a forgiven heritage that has already delivered us into the Eternal privilege that no one can take it away. For we were ordained to that privilege by faith and by obedience. God doesn't want to remember our forgiven sins so let's put a stop to reminding God about our sins.

Continue to delight in His love for us that He has taken care of our our thoughts, actions and deeds and set us apart in the Elect unto Eternity blessed and made righteous.

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