“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
It is good to note that God acts very differently to humans. While we give a conditional pardon, when God forgives completely erases the foul. And even though every man and woman has sinned against God abundantly, He never fails to forgive whoever humbles himself or herself and recognizes his or her transgressions. Only those who justify their misconduct and refuse to accept his or her guilt condemns himself or herself. Pride and lack of recognition of our mistakes exclude us to receive total forgiveness from our Creator.
A common phrase I hear is “I forgive, but not forget.” To me, who says such a thing really has not truly forgiven the offender and he or she continues remembering the offense that claims to have forgiven. Because it is possible that the same person will offend again, chances are those who say forgive but not forget will get the bill for the above offenses, which show that he or she had never forgiven him or her.
When God forgives, forgets all about the offense. His Word says in Micah 7:19: He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Man has walked the surface of the Moon. However, deep sea remains unconquered. There, where the atmospheric pressure peaks and where there is total darkness, is where God has placed the offenses that we have done when He forgives us.
To those who insist that it is true does not forget despite forgiving, I suggest to read what Isaiah 43:25 says: I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. God’s forgiveness implies clean slate, which is a clear indication that His forgiveness implies the total and complete disregard for our sins.
As I said earlier, God’s forgiveness has no restrictions when we humble ourselves before Him and acknowledge our faults. In 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It is impossible to hide our sins from God. He knows everything, He sees everything and He hears everything. So it’s no use to deny our sins before Him. It is much better for us to confess and receive forgiveness because that cleanses us from evil.
Let us always remember that God never will remind us of our sins, it is the other who accuses us, as does Revelation 12:10: Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. God bless you.