…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“…when you confess your sins and truly repent, being honest with yourself and with God, He will forgive you for any and all mistakes…Not only does He forgive you, but I know that He forgets.”
There have been many times that I have thought that my singleness and childlessness is a punishment for everything that I have done wrong in my life, especially concerning relationships. I have felt that there is no possible way that God would ever give me the opportunity to marry again because I was unfaithful during my marriage. I have felt that God would never give me the opportunity to date again because I was unable to keep my vow to remain abstinent in past relationships. I have been tortured by the thought that I will never have children because, in a moment of irresponsibility, I prayed that I would rather never be pregnant than be pregnant at that time.
But, as awful as the mistakes are that I have made, God’s forgiveness covers them all. God does not lie. If His Word says, He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west, then that means that He forgives and He forgets. Yes, we still have circumstances in our lives that remind us of our indiscretions, but those circumstances are consequences of disobedience; they are not God’s way of lording our failures over us. If we have sincerely asked God for forgiveness, He is faithful in His forgiveness and forgetfulness.
So, why do we dwell on the past and sins that have been erased? For me, I know that the concept is difficult to grasp. It is hard to accept that anyone can love me so much. It is unfathomable that someone cares enough about me to clean up all of the filthy places in my life. I believe we find all of this so incredible because we know that we, in and of ourselves, cannot exhibit this type of love. We struggle to forgive others and to forgive ourselves. Nonetheless, as complex as this kind of love is to understand and display, this is the kind of love that God gives to us and through us, and once we accept that we are forgiven, we can have peace in our lives and move forward.
Now, of course, the devil is beside himself with glee every time we doubt God’s forgiveness. Satan wants us to live in the past. Our past is his greatest weapon because he has no idea what our future holds. Our enemy wants us to feel beaten, broken, and blasphemous. If he can keep us feeling like God cannot love us, then we will not love ourselves. When we do not love ourselves, it is impossible to love others properly. Recognize this lie from the pits of hell and know that you are forgiven. You are loved by God. No one can take that love and forgiveness away.
The only person that God ever said was, “a man after My own heart,” was an adulterer and a murderer. This does not mean that sin is acceptable; it does mean that God looks in the heart. And, if we, like David, are truly repentant, God forgives us, forgets the sin, and forms a future for us according to His Will.
Thank You, God for Your forgiveness.
Please forgive me for the times that I have sinned and
for the times I have refused to forgive those who sin against me.
Lord, please help me to be confident in the face that I am forgiven
and that You have forgotten.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.