Cleaning stains can be a frustrating task because they can be very difficult to remove. One way to deal with a stain is to cover it up. You can paint over it, but it so often bleeds through again. If it’s on the carpet, you can steam clean it, but after it dries it can come right back up. Frustrating!!!!
Sometimes we act as if God deals the same way with our many sins. As if Jesus covers them only to have them come through again for us to be frustrated by their memory. Our mistakes from the distant past of our youth, our missteps from last year, our trespasses from the morning, these can all come back to the surface and affect us with guilt and shame.
But God assures us that he does more than superficially cover our sins. He does something far greater. He forgives them so completely that He forgets them!!! They are gone. It is as if they never existed. All because Jesus Christ took them away on the cross.
Jeremiah 31:34, “I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.”
We have entered a new year. Last year’s sins are gone because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. How about the sins in this New Year? Oh they’ve happened already, and they will continue to happen. Old sins will tempt us. New sins will be lurking at home, work, on-line, etc. What are we going to do? We will lay them at the foot of the cross with a repentant heart remembering that God has forgiven us and remembers our sins no more.