Hebrews 8:12, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more”
D. L. Moody once said, “There are two ways of covering our sins: man’s way and God’s way. If you seek to hide them, they will have a resurrection sometime; but if you let the Lord cover them, neither the devil nor man will ever be able to find them again.”
The story has been told of George Woodall, a missionary to London’s inner city. One day a young woman he had led to the Lord came to him and said, “I keep getting worried. Has God really forgiven my past?” Mr. Woodall replied, “If this is troubling you, I think I know what He would say to you. He would tell you to mind your own business.” “What do you mean?” she inquired with a very puzzled look on her face. He told her that Jesus Christ had made her sins His business. When He took them away, He put them behind His back, dropped them into the depths of the sea, and posted a notice that reads, “No fishing!”
Although the Bible doesn’t put it in those certain terms, the principle is certainly accurate. When our sins are covered by the blood of Christ, they are blotted out completely and forever (Isaiah 43:25). If you’re a troubled believer, don’t go fishing for past sins that God has forgiven. His promise is true: Our sins have been cast into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19) and He’ll remember them no more (Hebrews 8:12).
Psalm 103:12 tell us, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions (sins) from us.” You might ask what difference does this make. It’s like this, when you read in Scripture that your forgiven sins are separated from you “as far as the east is from the west”, you are assured that they are an immeasurable distance away, gone forever. My beloved, if that isn’t enough, try this: God says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). If you are concerned about your sins? Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God is able to say, “What sins?” But He will do that only if you put your trust and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Remember that when God forgives, He forgets.