God's promise to forgive and forget - James C. Bell

Someone has said, "There are skeletons in everyone's closet."

This statement implies that everyone has, either done, or experienced, something in their lives that they do not want others to know about.

Whether we want to admit it, or not, we all have sin of some kind in our lives. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

As most of you know, I am privileged to talk with many people every week in the ministry the Lord has given me at the Atlanta Airport. I tell them they must have a relationship with God to get into Heaven, and He has made it easy to get.

In fact, it's as easy as A,B,C.

"A"-we must admit our sin. I tell them I don't know about them, but I do know about me. I'm not proud of it, but I do have sin in my life. To please God, I must admit my sin and ask for forgiveness.

"B"-we must believe in God and put our trust in Him, if we want to go to Heaven.

"C"-we must confess our sins, which simply means we must ask God to forgive our sins in the name of Jesus Christ.

But our great God will not only forgive our sins, for He has promised to forgive our sins and to remember them no more! This is something we humans cannot do! We can forgive, but we cannot forget the bad things people have done to us.

I must admit, I have done some things in my life that I am ashamed of, and I certainly can't forget them. Oh, I would like to forget them, and all the hurt that goes along with them, but God has not given us the ability to forget them.

Our Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:8, 9: "'For my ways are not your ways,' declares the Lord.

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Our almighty God has the power to do anything He wants. His ways are vastly superior to ours. His thoughts are far above ours. Hebrews 10:15-18 is a guarantee that God will forgive our sins because of Jesus' sacrifice and our faith in Him. He says in verse 17: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."

He not only forgives our sins, because of the sacrifice of Jesus' death on the cross and our faith and trust in Him, but He will remember them no more!

This is not a human act; it's not anything we humans are capable of, nor can we ever have the power to forget our sins until we are at home with Christ in Heaven.

There is another big problem that sin brings into our lives, and being forgiven of them doesn't take it away. I'm speaking of the penalty that our sin leaves in our lives, the physical toll it takes on our health and the mental problems that can destroy our minds.

Living in sin can expose us to diseases of the mind and body. Inappropriate use of drugs and alcohol, for example, can ruin our health and our ability to think properly. Part of this penalty may be years of our lives spent in jail, because of the poor choices we made.

Sin causes misery in the lives of our loved ones, as it leads us to be unfaithful to those we love.

I'm so glad God does love us, and has provided a way for us to find forgiveness for all our sins. He wants to lead all of us into the finer and higher way of life, as we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and live Christian lives for Him.

As we study our Bibles and live in obedience to Him, He will fill our lives with peace and joy. If you have family members, who are not saved or friends who are not living for the Lord, please make it a priority to lead them to the Lord.

As they accept Christ and are forgiven of their sins, they may also rejoice that God also forgets their sins. Praise the Lord!