Romans 8:12 “For I will be merciful towards their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more”
If there is one childhood experience I’ll never forget, it would be the time my elder sister put me in the freezer because I said I wanted to feel how cold London really is. We both conived and I gave my consent. Apparently, we watched a movie where a boy put his brother in the freezer, so we decided to try it out. Some time later, the whole family sat watching the same movie again, and when that particular scene came up, my younger brother remembered our escapade and told my cousin, who told my mom, who told my dad. Of course, my dad took his cane and began to really beat me. As he was flogging, I began to scream “daddy forgive and forget”! Surprisingly, he stopped, and I thought that was the end of it, until I did something else, and he brought up the whole issue again. Of course, I felt since he had forgiven me, he’ll never remember (I told him to forgive and forget). However, he may have forgotten, but when I offended another time, he chose to remember it. I’m sure my father is not the only typical African parent that has done that. Most of our parents do same even as at now. But guess what (drumrolls!), it is so not the same with God! And I’ll tell you how and why.
So sometime last week, I was having my moment with God, and while I was praying and interceding, the accuser of the brethren (devil) began to remind me of my shortcomings. I started stuttering in my prayer because I was reminded of the plenty sins that I had committed. Even the ones I had confessed, and asked forgiveness for. Suddenly, Psalms 103:12 dropped in my spirit and I came back to my senses. That verse says “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west”. I became so reassured, and I continued my prayer without fear or uncertainty. Most times, we choose not to pray, not because we don’t want to, but because we feel dirty and unfit to make our requests known to God. Someone once said that God cannot forget our sins because he is omniscient and he knows all things. You see, God doesn’t say he’ll forget. He says he’ll remember no more! That is way stronger than forgetting. It means that even if we offend again, he’ll never bring up our sins like my dad did. Once we fall short and we confess, God totally formats our system and starts all over again with us. He doesn’t just put it in the recycle bin where it can be restored, he empties it permanently, never to be recovered again so that we can pray freely without feeling dirty or sinful. For our sake, God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin so that we might become the righteousness of God. Our sins have been covered, our shame has been removed, our fears and uncertainties, our weaknesses, our shortcomings, God has chosen not to remember them. He has chosen not to remember our sins in the way he treats us, but to treat us as righteous. We are the ones guilty of remembering our sins when praying. We cannot keep giving the devil the guts to bring our sins back to memory when they have been completely deleted by God. Can you tell how far the east is from the west? Can you tell where the border line for east lies, and the beginning of west? Of course not! They are so far away from each other that we can’t even tell the demarcation between both. God is saying that that is how far our sins are from us and from him. So when next the devil points his finger at you and remind you of your shortcomings, remind him that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death, and you are no longer held for your sins because God has locked them up in a box, and he has thrown the keys into the deepest part of the ocean where it can never be retrieved! Once we confess our sins, God forgives us, and remembers them no more. So when next you pray, don’t consider yourself as sinful, but pray as the righteousness of God that you are because God remembers those sins no more! Until later, God bless!