“God does not retain his anger for ever because he delights in steadfast love. He will once again have compassion on us, he will tread our iniquities under foot. You, O God, will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
“The depths of the sea” is a good place to hide something you never want to see again. “The sea of forgetfulness”. God not only forgives our sins. God forgets them.
We can’t do that. We aren’t God. We may forgive, but still we remember . It takes a long time for the hurt and the anger to fade away. It never really goes away completely. That’s true in forgiving others. That’s also true in forgiving ourselves.
If you have lived long at all (like past your second birthday!) you have painful memories and regrets about things you would have done differently if you had them to do over again. Such memories can get in the way of living freely and fully and to God’s glory in the present. My prayer for you today is that you will be able to visualize your baggage from the past sinking into that “sea of forgetfulness.” It’s already there as far as God is concerned.
A few years ago, a rumor spread that a certain Catholic woman was having visions of Jesus. The archbishop decided to check her out. “Is it true, ma’am, that you have visions of Jesus?” The question was asked with skepticism. The woman assured him that it was true. “Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to asked Jesus to tell you the sins I confessed at my last confession.”
Ten days later this woman called her spiritual leader and asked for an appointment. Yes, she had seen Jesus again and yes, she had asked him the bishop’s question. “What did Jesus say?” She took his hand and gazed deeply into his eyes. “Bishop,” she said, “these are his exact words: ‘I can’t remember’.”
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