For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Luke 8:12)

I wonder if all Christians experience times of deep remorse for their sins as I do. Occasionally, during times of prayer and meditation, my mind will suddenly be flooded with memories of sinful acts and thoughts; and when this happens I feel more sadness than at any other time in my life. Does this happen to you?

It is not something we really want to even talk about, or even admit, I suppose.

As I write this I feel uncomfortable, but I think there is something God wants said. I believe as we grow in our love for Jesus, we realize the depth of the pain that sin causes Him. When we think about how He suffered because of sin, our hearts are broken. As we love Him more and more, we understand the truth of His sacrifice and pain so that we — we sinners — could be forgiven and have the hope of eternal life.

Because of our love for Him, we no longer think only of how sin ruins our lives and hinders our relationship with God — although we know those are the consequences — we feel remorse because we have hurt the One who loves us more than any one else ever could. We feel remorse because we have hurt our Savior.

We have God’s word that assures us that once we repent of our sins, believe that Jesus is the Son of God sent to save us and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, our sins are not only forgiven, they are forgotten. Our slates are wiped clean, and He remembers our sins no more.

Don’t we wish we could forget our sins as Jesus does? However, I think there are reasons we remember our sins. For one thing, we remember them to help us not repeat them. We remember them to remind us of the pain and heartache they caused others and ourselves.

We remember them to remind us of God’s grace and mercy. We remember them to remind us of what a perfect, loving Savior Jesus is; and that without Him, we would have no hope of heaven.

I don’t enjoy remembering my sins, but I know I will and I think I understand why. What a blessing to know that Jesus has forgotten them. Even though we remember them, we do not have to be consumed by them. We simply do the best we can to not repeat them.

We know we will sin. I wrote a song once entitled “My Last Sin”. It said, “Oh, Lord, I pray, today was the day, of my last sin.”

I realize, to my sadness, that I can sing that line the last day of my life. We are all sinners. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8) “If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:10) Between those verses is the good news, however. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” There is no better deal to be found anywhere in the universe. We are sinners. God sent His only Son to die for our sins. All we have to do is believe that truth and follow Jesus, and we are forgiven our sins and assured eternal life in heaven. Jesus is the way. No wonder we call Him Savior.

The best thing we can do is fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus Christ. The more we love Him, the more we will desire to please Him, to try to be more like Him and to never hurt Him. The more we can do those things out of love for Him, the better people we will be. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15) May we all fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus. Amen.

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