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Sin Is Not Merely Forgotten

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Forgiveness is easily one of the greatest gifts on the planet. Can you imagine if your lifelong pile of wrongs were never completely covered by grace? How stressful would it be to keep piling up one failure after another without forgiveness? 
 
Can you imagine never being able to forget your sins? Awful. It would be awful to be reminded every single day of the many ways you fall short of perfection. 
 
That's where memory loss would be super convenient. It'd be awesome to lose the ability to remember failure. "Hey, if I can't remember then I can't feel guilty. If I can't remember that I lost my patience with my wife and hurt her really bad, then I'll feel better about my myself and my marriage."
 
You can see how that would be helpful, right? But, at its core, forgiveness isn't about forgetting sin. When God forgives us, it's not that He loses His intellectual ability to recall our individual failure. Even though you're forgiven, he can still recall to mind the time when you stole a Milky Way from the local gas station. And actually, all you have to do is read the Bible and see all the ways people's sins are still clearly documented. 
 
The power of forgiveness isn't in the forgetting. 
 
The power of forgiveness is in the SEPARATING.
 
True forgiveness only comes from God. And true forgiveness is only possible because Jesus Christ put all of our sins upon Himself and died on the cross for our sins. The shedding of His blood covers our sins. 
 
And when God forgives us, it's not that he simply removes the failure from His mind. It's that He actually separates the sin from us. In other words, he removes our sin from us as far as the east is from the west. 
 
Because of this, He never counts our sins against us again. Ever! So, you could be in a room with your sin and God at the same time, and God could see it but He wouldn't hold it against you. He wouldn't remind you of it and he wouldn't expect you to be held back because of it. He removes the guilt and the penalty. You are free!
 
So, by faith, ask the Lord to forgive you today. He will. He will because Jesus made it possible.
 
You Are Loved!
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