Haven’t you ever wished you could wish your memory goodbye?
Poof! Be gone! Suddenly, the little glob of gossamer seeds take flight … Never to be seen again.
We are full of memories that we wished would disappear, just like we wish that all of our sins would disappear. Our sins can disappear. Poof. Be Gone!
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (Psa 103:8-12 ESV)
If it were only that simple! We want them gone. Both of them, but we keep bringing them back up, again and again. We keep returning to them, re-living them, re-doing them. Over, and over.
Both testaments give us hope that our sins (memories) can be removed. Forgiven. Forgotten.
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. (Heb 10:14-18 ESV)
We must be one of His. Righteous. Living intentionally. Striving to do right. Wanting to abandon the past.
But there is a kicker… A “but”…
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. (Heb 10:26-27 ESV)
Receiving knowledge should mean that we understand what we have been given. A truth. The truth. Knowledge of which way we should not be living. Or going. Making a turn-about, turn-around. 180 degree reversal. Not returning to the way we once lived.
The person who receives knowledge must make a conscience decision to not do it (sin) agains.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (Jas 4:17 ESV)
There’s more to this than a simple thought of memories, or sin. There is the will to what is right… More later…