Why are you holding on to a debt that God has already pardoned? Listen, I’m not only referring to sin(s) you have committed but also sin(s) that were committed against you. Oftentimes, we cleave to an offense because the pain we caused and/or received is unforgettable. I’ve heard people say, “Well, I forgive you but I will never forget what you did to me!” Well, that’s not ‘complete forgiveness’. Imagine for a minute what would happen if God fostered that same disposition…..Thank goodness His ways and thoughts are higher than ours because Isaiah 43:25 confirms that He blots out our transgressions and He chooses to forget our sins! You might still be saying, “Lowell, that’s easier said than done” and my response would be you’re correct. However, we can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13). To forgive like God you must first remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our past, present, and future sins was a one-and-done event (Hebrews 10) and we should never call something unclean that God has made cleansed (Acts 10:15). Why did Jesus choose Peter, an uncultured man prone to failure, as a foundation on which to build his church? Peter, like most Christ followers are all heart but sometimes we act irrationally (be honest)! Beloved, ‘complete forgiveness’ is not rocket science! Forgive and then forget no matter the extent of the offense. God pardoned you and He also pardons the offender at confession (1John 1:9). When we embrace the ‘complete forgiveness’ of God in Christ, we can join King Hezekiah in praising our Redeemer: “You have put all my sins behind your back” (Isaiah 38:17) and like Paul, we too can forget what is behind and “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13).


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