Forgive and Forget
One of the great differences between God and us is that when He forgives sin, He forgets it. Think of the contrast here between God and us. When we are wronged we often have the tendency to nurse our wounds and harbor our anger. We remember how it felt to be wronged and, thereafter, have trouble ever again trusting the one who’s done us wrong.
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25
Note that God does this for “His own sake.” God so desires a relationship with us that He takes the initiative to treat our relationship, damaged by sin, as if it is renewed.
He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve….He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:10, 12
Contrast how we deal with those who disappoint us. We sometimes nurse our wounded feelings so that we build up our anger and hurt. We don’t forget—we write our wrongs in indelible ink. This can build uncrossable divides between us and others.
It is a big risk to forgive and forget wrong done to us. And we do have to be wary of those who unashamedly and repeatedly hurt others. We’re not God. But we should learn from Him. Remember first that you are forgiven every wrong you’ve confessed to Him. Then we can take the risk to forgive those who’ve hurt us.