Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 43:25
“I will not remember your sins.”
Not only has God blotted out our sins, he has further promised never to remember our sins, never to bring them to his mind again.
What an overwhelming thought! What joy this should bring to our hearts. Think of one of your more recent sins, of which you’re now ashamed. It may have been an unkind word, a resentful attitude, or a lustful thought. Whatever it might be, God says he has put it out of his mind; he remembers it no more.
To remember no more is God’s way of expressing absolute forgiveness. In Hebrews 8:12 (which quotes Jeremiah 31:34), God said, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (NIV). And again in Hebrews 10:17-18, he said, “?heir sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ and where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin” (NIV). Note that in both passages “remembering no more” is equated with forgiveness.
Psalm 130:3-4 states that same truth in a somewhat different way: “If you, o Lord, should mark iniquities, o Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” Here the psalmist considered the prospect that God does remember our sins, that he does keep a record of them. If such were true, it would be a terrifying thought. The psalmist said, “Who could stand?” It’s a rhetorical question. None of us could successfully stand before God’s bar of judgment. But then the psalmist went on to exclaim, “But with you there is forgiveness.”
God does not keep a record of our sins. Instead he forgives. This, of course, anticipates the sacrifice of Christ for our sins, for “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). (Excerpt taken from The Gospel for Real Life)
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges