Boy, can my kids hold a grudge!
The way they fight goes completely against any textbook on "How to Get Along with People." You know, they use those "extreme phrases."
"You always take my stuff without asking!" "You never listen to my ideas!"
And they are quick to bring up past infractions and throw them in each other's faces. They also tell me in a move of good, old-fashioned tattle-telling. Maybe if they remind me, their sibling will get in trouble and that will take the negative attention away from them for what they did wrong.
Oh, children. Good thing they are people-in-progress. Who could stand an adult who did those things?
But what would God say about us? Are we holding on to things for no reason? Do we bring up past sins (our own or someone else's) to remind Him of wrongs and deflect current issues?
The thing is, that when it comes to our sin, we are forgiven forever. Jesus died on the cross for all, becoming the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. And "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13).
Our sins are forgiven, but there's more good news. They are also forgotten forever. In Isaiah 43:25 God says, "I--yes, I alone--will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again."
It's not that God couldn't remember our sins anymore. He is unlimited in every way. He has no memory loss due to old age. His thoughts are nothing like ours.
God totally could remember every sinful thing we've ever done. He just chooses not to.
If our perfect and righteous God chooses to forget our sins, why don't we? We can get stuck in such a cycle of misery because we keep dwelling on our past mistakes. We allow our baggage to take up space in the room of our heart.
In God's eyes after we have come to Him for forgiveness, the blots the sin out. He moves on. He does not want us to keep the clutter of our mistakes around. There is no joy when we dwell on our past and forgiven wrongs.
Although my children are people in progress and are still learning the art of forgiveness, God has no learning curve. In His perfection and His love, He holds no grudges against those who have accepted the work of His Son on the cross.
Yep, our past mistakes are forgiven and forgotten.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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