For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. – Hebrews 8:12 NIV
After we accept Christ, we don’t become perfect. But when we sin, God’s grace motivates Him to deal with our sin in three ways.
First, God remembers that He already forgave that sin. Take a look at Hebrews 9:24-26. It says that Christ made the payment for sin once. He doesn’t have to suffer again and again every time someone sins. In other words, when you accepted the payment Christ made for your sin, He took care of all of the sins you would commit your entire life. It’s like a pre-paid phone card. You buy the card, and your future calls are paid for. God’s grace paid the penalty of your sins through Christ before you even committed them.
Second, God teaches and builds you through your sin. He uses your mistakes to discipline you for your good. You don’t pay the death penalty, but God will allow you to suffer the consequences of sin to teach you. It’s like if you run a red light and smash into another car, totaling both cars and breaking both your legs. God could arrange for all the expenses to be covered and make sure an ambulance got called. But God wouldn’t instantly fix your broken legs. You’d have to suffer that pain and inconvenience in order to learn from it.
Finally, after God has done the first two things, He forgets your sin. He actually makes a conscious decision to not remember it anymore. When I discipline my daughters, I don’t bring it up at breakfast the next day, then again at dinner time, again when they go to bed, and so on. God doesn’t either. Once He has dealt with your sin, He’ll dismiss it!
Cedarcreek Community Church
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3
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