As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My Own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
Everyday heroes are deliberate forgetters. 'Deliberate' means 'planned, studied, intentional' (Collins English Dictionary).
Deliberately forget what? Hateful words, hurtful actions or past mistakes. Your forgiven sins--even the sins of others. Our God forgives and chooses to forget. He tells us to do the same.
Why? Because to remember a forgiven sin is to prick your heart. Repeated pricks open your heart to infection. Suffering sets in.
Consider a summary of the High Court transcript: A sin was committed--either by you or against you. If the mistake was yours, you pled guilty and begged for mercy. Your Defense Attorney was Jesus Christ. When you asked Him to take your case, He did something unprecedented: He took your punishment.
Therein, The Judge declared you 'Innocent.' Your debt is marked 'Paid by Jesus.' But instead of burning the transcripts, you put them in a box by your heart--to consider from time to time.
Here's the thing: to reopen your case disregards the price paid by your Defender.
Past guilt is not the cross God asks you to carry. He already carried that one.
Then what is your cross? It's your workload: the great commission of Jesus Christ--on a narrow path He laid out for you. Guilt will hold you back.
What about the crimes of others? If you have forgiven past attacks, must you also forget them? Yes! For your own freedom to move forward... Yes.
However, your freedom does not free your attacker. That's a different case. You don't even need to take the witness stand, because it's all recorded in perfect detail and awaiting a trial date--unless the sinner has pled guilty and requested the same Defense Attorney. Wouldn't that be a miracle?
Deliberate forgetfulness is a predictor of godly success.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.