“Forgive & Forget? God Doesn’t”

Posted: May 3, 2021 in Uncategorized

God is omniscient – all knowing. He knows all about the sparrows that fall to the ground, and even the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:6, 7). He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Jesus, as the God-man, knew what was in the hearts of men (John 2:24, 25), and He knows the motivations behind our actions (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12-16). Absolutely nothing is hidden from Him. This can comfort us when we are being abused unjustly, but it can/should disturb us when we, as Christians, are acting lawlessly (James 2:19-25; Hebrews 10:30, 31).

The Judge. One day the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrected, glorified, and righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) will evaluate everyone’s works to determine the unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15), or the Christian’s enjoyment in heaven, or the Jewish believer’s enjoyment on the new earth that was promised to them (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:10; Romans 4:13).

Destinies. Our eternal destiny will be determined, not by our works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5), but by our faith or lack of faith in God and His promises (John 3:16, 18, 36; See Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3, 23, 24). Today, one must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, if he/she is to be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Romans 1:16).

Judicial vs Family Forgiveness. At the point of our salvation God judicially forgives believers (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1). He acknowledges that the believer acted right by dying for his sins in the person of his Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he/she was raised with Him into newness of life (Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 3:18). Family forgiveness takes place when a believer confesses his/her sins to God the Father by naming them specifically to Him (1 John 1:9; See Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16). But wait. Before confessing our sins, we must examine ourselves and discern what we have done to displease God (1 Corinthians 11:28, 29; See Hebrews 4:12), and then repent/change our minds about what we did (2 Corinthians 7:9)

Another Opportunity. When God forgives us He doesn’t hold our sins against us (Psalm 103:12; See Ezekiel 33:16). But, being omniscient, He can’t/doesn’t forget what we have done. He knows and determines when it’s necessary for us to be tested again with the same temptation that led to our sinning so that we are given another opportunity to demonstrate either our love for Him or for the temporary pleasure that we had by engaging in the sinful activity (James 1:12-15; See 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 11:25). Yes, there are temporary pleasures when we engage in sin/lawlessness, otherwise we wouldn’t engage in them (Proverbs 5:1-5; 7:1-27; 14:12). Think about that for a moment. Isn’t that true?

Consequences. Believers who fail to confess their sins to God may be subjected to weakness, sickness, or sleep – a premature physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; See James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Demonic oppression and mental disturbances could also occur if we refuse to forgive others (Matthew 18:34). Why should we forgive others? No one has wronged us as badly as we have wronged God (See Ephesians 4:32). Confession of our sins doesn’t mean that we won’t have to suffer the natural consequences of our sins for the rest of our lives on earth. God disciplines His unruly children, sometimes severely because He loves us. Those who aren’t chastened by their heavenly Father should question who their real father is (Hebrews 12:5-11; See John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10).

Questions: Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not now? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die without your having to go to a purging place before you can get into heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re truly saved, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change, if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. Then SHARE this with others please.

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