God does not remember our sins.

DEUTERONOMY 33

I know. No big “earth-shattering” revelation today. We all know that God doesn’t remember our sins, but it’s awfully nice to see it in action. This promise of God’s isn’t just a claim; it’s a reality. In Deuteronomy 33, Moses pronounces a blessing on the people of Israel as they are getting ready to enter the Promised Land. As I read through the list of blessings, I couldn’t help once again noticing the names behind the tribes of Israel: Dan, Asher, Gad, Levi, Judah...

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Photo © Unsplash/Yener Ozturk

These were those wicked brothers who threw Joseph into a pit. They were plotting to kill him, but ended up selling him into slavery instead. And not only did their evil deed end up saving their own lives, but now they (through their  descendants) are being blessed! There’s no longer any mention of what they did to their brother; no, their sins have been forgotten.

And just in case it seems like it, let’s also remember that this "forgetfulness" doesn’t mean God is having a senior moment. His forgetting our sins isn’t an accident; it’s a choice. Micah 7:9 says God "will again have compassion on us, will tread our sins underfoot, and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea." He doesn’t forget them because they’ve slipped His mind; He chooses not to remember them by putting them out of His mind.

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Photo © Unsplash/Joseph Barrientos

When God looks at you, He doesn’t see a list of sins. He doesn’t remember your sins. And whatever evil you have done, you can be sure that God is going to repay that evil with kindness. He always stands ready to bless!