erased as though they had never existed

I will be merciful when they fail, and I will erase their sins and wicked acts out of My memory as though they had never existed. [Hebrews 8:12 VOICE]

In the late seventies a young friend asked me how it is possible for God to forget. I do not remember how I answered her. In retrospect I think much of the question hits to the heart of who we believe God is. Is he like an accountant demanding a balancing of the moral books. Or is he something else?

I think that we find the answer in words like love and mercy. In his letter to the Corinthians Paul tells us that love is kind, patient and keeps no record of wrongs. I believe that these words describe God. He is not like us. His very nature is to forgive in such a way that no record is kept of the offense.

This concept challenges us because we simply want God to be a better version of us. Forgiveness comes hard for us so we think that it comes hard for God. We need penance to forgive so we think God needs it too. We see the sin when we forgive. God sees wholeness and restoration.

Help me to be like you Jesus. Patient. Loving. Kind. Keeping no record of wrongs done to me.

... this devotion is part of a series from the book of Hebrews.

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