I would not claim I have a great memory and I am horrible with names. I confuse and/or forget names often, embarrassingly often.
But what I do remember clearly are my past mistakes/blunders/boo-boos and/or 'sins'. These memories are clear and hard for me sometimes to let go. This 'Jeff Larson blooper reel' when played can spur on all sorts of regrets often accompanied with those ucomfortable feelings of shame and failure.
This is NOT what God intends.. for as far as the East is from the West so are our sins removed. Ps 103:12 from us once I ask forgiveness. This is good news for regret laden fellow like me.
I do need to ask forgiveness and be truly sorry and not saying sorry through clenched teeth, but once that is done.. forgiveness is full and complete.
The bible teaches us we are forgiven and God remembers our sins no more.
He will again have compassion on us.. you will cast our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19
This of course does not imply God is forgetful, but simply our sins are forgiven and we they should no longer be a weight on our hearts or minds.
Again.. If we confess our sins, God forgives us and remembers them no more.
The point is they are GONE so let your mind find peace in this great truth.
My prayer today is that God bless you with the assurance of His love. He forgives and forgets your every transgression, and he answers your prayers like the perfect Heavenly Father he is.
And.. He can and will restore you and I both in ways that are beyond our dreams. Isaiah 40:31
important note: Not all regrets are due to past sins. Our honest mistakes, limited abilities, wrong choices, bloopers that were not sins can also haunt us. Please read Isaiah 40:28-31, and Psalms 23 to for messages of hope that is in our loving Heavenly Father.
1/17/2018 10:48:05 am
Thank you, Jeff. I enjoy your cartoons and email tremendously. I am 68 years old and sure felt good after reading this about God forgiving us our sins. Thank you very, very much! Becky
1/17/2018 05:27:14 pm
have you considered reading the 66 books of Isaiah as to the 66 books of the bible
1/18/2018 09:35:42 am
I guess I never realized their were 66 chapters in Isaiah. It is a powerful book with so many lessons,
1/18/2018 09:33:36 am
Thanks Becky for taking time to reply. Being forgiven takes the weight of life off my shoulders. I pray we all become faithful going forward in the moments that make up each day instead of deflated by anything in our past.
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