God's "Flaw"

Forgetfulness is seen as a flaw among humans. Humans see forgetfulness as a defect, something that comes as part of getting older or that plagues us in our teenage years.
I forget small things, like where I last placed the car keys or my billfold. However, sometimes I forget important things like dates and appointments.
Why is it then that God would decide to self-impose this “flaw” on himself? “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10).
Forgive and Forget
God does not just forgive; he forgets. He wipes the slate clean. He not only deletes the file, but he also empties the recycle bin. He does what is impossible for us to do; he forgets.
God does not remember my mistakes. For all of the things that God does do, this is one thing he refuses to do. A self-imposed “flaw,” if you will. He refuses to keep a list of our wrongs. When I ask God for forgiveness he doesn’t pull out his Palm Pilot and say, “Now, I’ve already forgiven you for that six hundred twenty-two times.” As far as God is concerned, it is my first time. He doesn’t remember.
“As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
God does not remember; however, you and I do. We still remember how we were and things we did before we became a Christian. Even after we became a Christian and learned of God’s nature, we still cannot forget the times we fail God. Even though we have repented and he has forgiven us, we still cannot forget.
Flaw or Virtue?
Forgetfulness is viewed as a flaw in humans, yet God took this “flaw” and imposed it on himself concerning our sins. So what is it? Is this type of forgetfulness a flaw or a virtue?
How many times have you wished you could forget? The will to forgive and the desire to forgive war inside with the haunting memories of things done or left undone. Our human nature will not let us forget, however, for God, his promise to the repentant is “their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10b).
I am glad that God is forgetful. I am overjoyed with the fact that concerning my sins, God chose to have a graciously terrible memory.
If God was not forgetful, then how could we engage him in worship or approach him in prayer? If God were not forgetful, then all he would see when we approached him would be a dirty and sinful mess.
What God sees instead is incredible! “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27). We literally “wear” Christ. Gone are the sins of the past, forgotten are our days of debauchery, what God sees instead is the righteousness of his son.
Do yourself a favor; give God a chance to forget … he has enough to think about.

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