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Q:

How can God forget our sins, which is what I understand the Bible says? I can understand that He might forgive us, but how can God forget anything, especially the bad things we've done?


A:

Yes, the Bible does say that God not only forgives our sins when we repent and trust Christ for our salvation, but He also forgets them. The Bible says, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

How is this possible? On a human level it isn’t, of course; we may remember what someone did to hurt us as long as we live (unless disease robs us of our memories). But with God it is possible; He is able to blot out our sins so completely that it is as if they had never existed. The Psalmist declared, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

Does this mean God just ignores our sins? No, not at all. God is holy and just, and sin is an offense to Him. When we sin, we’re telling God that He doesn’t matter to us; in fact, we’re actually in open rebellion against Him. We are guilty and deserve only His judgment, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t erase our sins or cleanse them from our hearts.

Only God can do this — and that’s exactly what He did when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for us. We deserve to die — but on the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and He died in our place. Do you know your sins have been forgiven? You can, by turning to Christ in repentance and faith, and giving your life to Him.

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18 Comments

  1. Windle Harmon says:

    God chooses to remember our sins no more- Forgiveness has two parts choose to forgive and choose to remember no more God has a perfect memory but he chooses to remember no more forever. we as Christians need to be imitators of the lord and choose to tell satan I have forgiven it and I refuse to dig it back up When I learned this principle I was released from so much of the past. Paul said I am looking forward not backward.

  2. Tammy Hollandsworth says:

    Even when we sin and turn away from that sin… it’s hard to forgive ourselves for committing the sin. its not easy to forget… but knowing that Jesus Christ died for all sins gives comfort that we may never want to do a repeat of that sin. And… if we did… I pray and thank God for His Love and Mercy!

  3. Jim Brown says:

    The Bible never says that God forgets our sins. It says He remembers them no more. There is a difference. Your answer does not acurately say what the Bible says… Be careful.

    1. Kelly mc says:

      I believe that, if God remembers the sin and pardons us or totally forgets the sin we are totally separated from it. As far as the east is from the west.

  4. Jill Rodgers says:

    What a revelation…I don’t have to feel guilty for the things I did in the past. If I dwell on them then I’m saying Jesus didn’t do enough to forgive me. Thank you Jesus for forgetting my sins!

  5. Deandrea says:

    I am 14yrs old and I am now going to Christian school I am learning many new thing but this verse and lesson is now my favorite and I will love to tell Jesus I’m sorryou for causing pitting sins on his back

  6. Schatzie says:

    Thank you for your messages.p