Who said this, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”?
It is easier to cast stones at one another than it is to love and forgive. Have you ever heard the saying, “I can forgive but I cannot forget.”? Of course. True forgiveness is forgetting…as if it never happened.
In Hebrews 8:12, God promises to merciful and FORGET our sins. There is an old phrase, “cast our sins into the sea of forgetfulness”. This is not actually in the Bible but it comes from Micah 7:19 which says that He will again (the word again here I think has significance…think about it) have compassion on us…subdue our sins and cast them in the depths of the sea.
I know most of you are perfect, but me, I am not so perfect. I have done some pretty awful stuff in my lifetime that I would like to forget. I am thankful…no more than that I am worshipful…I exalt thee oh LORD…for not only forgiving my sins…but for also remembering my sins no more.
The next time someone steps on your toes…instead of just forgiving them, try FORGETTING they ever wronged you and watch the GOD of Peace which surpasses ALL understanding fill your heart with unspeakable joy.
Now, back to the beginning of this short article. Who said this, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”?
We won’t go into this too far, although THIS too is a pretty POWERFUL statement in it of itself and we could do a whole study on this alone. If forgiving IS forgetting as we have just seen…and if we truly have not forgave by not forgetting…then the GOD of Heaven has not forgave us.
Ouch! Father forgive me…