My early years as a believer in Christ were filled with fear. I thought, When Jesus comes back, all my sins will be shown on a giant screen for everyone to see.

I know now that God chooses not to remember, or hold against me, a single one of my mistakes. Every sin has been buried in the deepest sea, never to be looked at again.

Amy Carmichael, a missionary, wrote, “A day or two ago I was thinking rather sadly of the past—so many sins and failures and lapses of every kind. I was reading Isaiah 43, and in verse 24 I saw myself: ‘You have wearied me with your iniquities.’ And then for the first time I noticed that there is no space between verse 24 and verse 25: ‘I, even I, am He who blots out (removes) your transgressions (wrongs) for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.’ ”

Indeed, when our Lord comes back He will “bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God” (1 Cor. 4:5). On that day, our works will be judged and we may suffer loss, but we will not be judged for sin (3:11-15). God will see what Christ has done for us. He “will not remember [our] sins.”

When God saves us, our sins are forgiven forever.


David H. Roper


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