Do you ever choose to forget something? Mostly we try to remember things and inadvertently forget them. Names, scheduled events, dates, promises, anniversaries and such are lost to us in the routines of daily life. No matter how hard we try, we still forget some things. But we don’t usually try to forget things.
God, however, who is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, who has no memory lapses ever, chooses to forget the sins we repent of. God chooses to forget them! He identified this ongoing trait to Isaiah saying, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25). This is God’s great virtue that we can count on, as David said; “Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord” (Psalm 25:6-7).
Oh, that we could be so forgetful! What a blessing it would be to be like God, keeping no record of wrongs, having no recall of our own past sins or the sins of those around us. If God can do that with his infinite mind, we can learn to forget as well. We can choose to forget everything God chooses to forget. God bless us with forgetfulness.