What does the Bible
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What does the Bible say about forgiveness? Many people say that they can FORGIVE, but not FORGET, the wrongs others have done to them. Why do people do this? Does the Bible teach this belief? How does God forgive US?
Does God FORGIVE but not FORGET?
Does God completely and totally forgive us when we ask him? Does God forgive and FORGET? In addition, if He does forget, since He is God, can he still remember our sins at any time?
The scriptures are clear as to God's forgiveness:
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1John 1:9, NKJV throughout)
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I WILL NOT REMEMBER YOUR SINS." (Isaiah 43:25)
"For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
"'For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.'” (Hebrews 8:12)
"As far as the east is from the west, so far has He REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US." (Psalm 103:12)
God means exactly He says! His forgiveness, through the sacrifice of Jesus (John 1:29, etc.), is perfect and complete. What does that mean? If we sincerely pray for forgiveness, through the sacrifice of Christ who became sin for us (Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-11), he promises to forgive.
How awesome is God's forgiveness? Let us say that ten minutes after we ask God, in prayer, to forgive us certain sins (which he does) we bring back up those same sins. What would be God's answer? No doubt, it would be something like "Sins? I do not remember any sins that you committed!"