How blessed is he
whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered!
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We are blessed in Christ. We have been forgiven and our sins covered and purposefully forgotten by God. Praise Him with every breath for His great mercy!
However, those same sins that have been forgiven, are also not forgotten by us. It’s comforting to know that we’ve been forgiven on an eternal level, but those sins are very much alive in our own memories. Forgiving ourselves is a much slower process.
Just when we think we’ve finally dealt with the last bit of residual feelings about our past sins…BAM! Something brings it all up again and the memories are just as fresh as if they happened yesterday.
Of course this doesn’t hold true for all past sins, but there are a few still lingering in the background that just won’t seem to fade completely.
God forgives us, should we ignore our past sins, pretend like they didn’t happen?
Sometimes we can go back and try and make things right. Sometimes we can’t. Sometimes revisiting the past would lead to a bigger sin in the present. Sometimes the past is best left alone. Each sin bears it’s own weight of responsibility. Some sins are shared between people and some are owned solely by one person. It can seem like a mine field determining the best course of action to take.
Ultimately, if we can make amends for our part in the sin, without danger, we should do so. It’s up to each person to define “danger” though.
When we reach the end of what “we” can do, we go back to God (as many times as necessary). Through on-going prayer we work through the residual feelings we might have. Even though God forgets our sin and will not bring it up again, He is our Father, our Creator, He knows our hearts and minds… and only through Him can we find peace.