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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?


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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  1. Gwen says:

    I As A Child Of “God” I Can Only Rely On His Word!! His Word Is A (Lamp) At My Feet, And A (Light) Unto My Pathway, He And His Word Are My Backbone!! In Him I’ll Always Trust And Believe!!!!!!

  2. Adeolu says:

    My God never promised to forget our sins. The little I know about God convinces me God can never forget anything. He is the beginning and the end of everything. It’s absurd to think He can forget anything. God forgives AND God CHOOSES not to remember our sins anymore. You don’t choose to forget anything. You unconsciously forget things. My God is not an unconscious being. He never sleeps nor slumbers. Thank You God for CHOOSING not to remember my sins again!

  3. Maria says:

    “Remembering sin”, in Scripture, means that the time to punish sin has come, so the opposite of that means punishment will not come for the sin committed, e.g. Jeremiah 14:10 (NIV) 10 This is what the Lord says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” | Hosea 8:13 (NIV) 13 Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me, and though they eat the meat, the Lord is not pleased with them. Now he will remember their wickedness and punish their sins: They will return to Egypt.” | Ergo, when He says that He won’t remember the sin, it means He won’t punish it. It’s not about mentally forgetting.

  4. Ian Horn says:

    Wonderful stuff! Thank you so much for this!

  5. Joann Lowe says:

    Thank you Mr. Graham for shining the light on God’s truth!

  6. Windle Harmon says:

    God has a perfect memory but He chooses to remember our sins no more, It comes with forgiveness. Our savior wants us to be like him and forgive others and choose to remember their sin no more.

  7. Lola says:

    If God has forgiven my sins , why do people tell me I’m living in the consequence’s of my past sins? I have and do repent of my sins and I accepted the Lord as my savior , years ago. Am I just not claiming and believing that I’m forgiven?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Lola,
      While God does forgive, sin still has consequences. Billy Graham addresses that in this My Answer post (, where he states:

      “Sin always has consequences – always. The devil tries to convince us that this isn’t so, and that we can ignore God’s laws and get by with it – but that’s a lie (like everything else he tells us). The guilt for our sins is gone when we come to Christ – but the consequences often remain.

      “Don’t let this discourage you, however, because something is different about your life now: God is with you! You no longer have to face your problems and temptations alone. God has come to live within you by His Holy Spirit, and He will help you as you turn to Him. The Bible says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26).”

      Visit for the full post.

  8. Gary Winslow says:

    God’s “not remembering” is not what we usually think of as forgetfulness. God is omniscient. He knows everything, and He forgets nothing. However, He can choose not to remember something. In human relationships, we can choose to remember the offenses someone has committed against us, or we can choose to forget. To forgive someone, we must often put painful memories out of our minds. We don’t actually forget the sin, and it’s not that we are unable to recall the offense, but we choose to overlook it. Forgiveness prevents us from dwelling on past troubles.

  9. Louise Ferguson says:

    Bless The Lord O My Soul and All that Is With In Me Bless His HOLY NAME

  10. Louise Ferguson says:

    He’s so amazing.