This concept, forgetting our failures as God forgets them, is one of the most freeing and powerful lessons God has ever taught me. There is nothing more discouraging than living with our past mistakes as if they will always be with us. The truth is that we need to somehow learn to remove our past sins from our minds so that they no longer keep us bogged down. This is possible and this post of one of many to come that will help us all get free from past mistakes. Myself and all readers in some way are found somewhere in the blended 1000s of different christian belief systems. At the end of the day we all need encouragement. We all need comfort, mercy, grace, love, and the same goes for everyone around us. If this post touches your heart please share with a friend for family member.
“Because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:7). You’ve heard me quote this verse more than a few times, right? Well, it’s time to delve a bit further into this Scripture for better understanding. The word for comfort in this Scripture is intended to produce a particular effect: “comfort, exhort, desire, call for, beseech.” It is derived from a word that means “an appeal, encouragement, exhortation, consolation, comfort.” This comfort is received from the Father: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17 kjv). This comfort is everything made available to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.
When we share this comfort with someone who has shared in our sufferings, will they not be comforted? When I suffer in an area and God comforts me, heals me, and sets me free, and I share this same comfort with you, you will be healed or set free in the same way I was comforted. “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:5). If this is true, which it is, God who comforted me with the truth in this passage will comfort you.
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. (Isaiah 43:25)
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)
If God forgets our mistakes, why should we keep bringing them to attention? Every man and woman of God in history has had to learn to forget as God forgets, and focus on the things God never forgets. I was comforted by this message.
God forgot about the time Abraham slept with the maidservant of his wife Sarah in fear that the Lord would not keep His promise. The Lord will never forget the day Abraham bound his son Isaac on a pile of wood and then raised his knife to slay him at His request.
God forgot about the day Jacob deceived his father Isaac in order to receive the blessing of the Lord. The Lord will never forget the morning Jacob refused to let Him go at the stream—the ford of the Jabbok.
God forgot the sins of the prostitute who approached Jesus at the home of the Pharisee while Christ reclined at the table. God will never forget that she washed His feet with her tears and hair, that she anointed Him with expensive perfume from an alabaster jar: “Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her” (Matthew 26:13).
God forgot about the time Simon denied His Son three times while in the very presence of Jesus being mocked, spit on, and beaten. God forgot that Simon left Jesus on the cross to be tortured without the support of the “Rock” whom He trusted to establish His church. The Lord will never forget the time he called Simon Peter to the ministry. He will not forget the day Peter dropped his nets and followed Him. God will never forget the day Simon Peter confessed His Son as his Lord and Savior. He will never forget the day He reinstated Peter. The Lord will never forget the day Peter addressed the crowd on the day of Pentecost and will never forget the day he confronted the chief priest and the teachers of the law to testify, “Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone’” (Acts 4:11).
God forgot the time Saul of Tarsus threw His children into prison because they believed in His Son, Jesus. God forgot about the time Saul gave his vote in support of Stephen, whose “face was like the face of an angel,” to be stoned to death for his confession of the glory of Christ. The Lord will never forget the letters of the apostle Paul and the churches he planted throughout the ancient Middle East.
God will forget the sins that Dr. Larry Williams and Chet Arkin will commit tomorrow. He will never forget the day these two men of God came to my home to tell me the story of how the eagle faces into the wind.
God will forget the times we have come up short in life. The Lord will forget the times we have rejected Jesus and taken His sufferings for granted. He will never forget the day we renewed our friendship with His Son, who so patiently anticipated our arrival. The Lord will never forget the times we returned to His presence to confess that Jesus suffered enough for us.
Jesus said while He was with us on earth, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38). What does this mean? This speaks of the stream that flowed from within Jesus as He hung dead on the cross. We suffer in our flesh. Jesus suffered in His flesh so that we could be healed of our pain. Jesus’s body was dead on the cross because in our sin we were all destined to die. However, as He hung lifeless and naked before His mockers, the Word of God was still living and active. The Word of God raised Jesus from the dead. Death could not keep its hold on the Son of God because the Word of God spoke against it. The love of God would not allow death to keep Jesus! The gift from God was raised to life! The Word of God speaks against the dead! Be raised to life in the name of the risen King!
When we receive Jesus Christ, a well of living water stirs inside of us. When we are healed or brought to life in an area we once suffered and overcame, God has comforted us. When we share this comfort with someone else who shared in our sufferings, they will be comforted in the same way. Therefore streams of living water will flow from the life within us into the one who shared in our sufferings. “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:5).
This book is made up of streams of living water I received from the Father through the Son during my sufferings, and I was set free and healed as a result. When I share these streams with someone who shares in my sufferings, they will be comforted, given that the Word of God requires a stream or streams of living water into their life. Right? Praise the Lord! How many streams of living water do you want? Get with Jesus and get some more! “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’” (Revelation 7:17).
Jesus Christ suffered greatly for our sins, for sure. He died on the cross that we could be saved from death and receive eternal life through the resurrection. There also came an outflow of blood and water when the centurion withdrew the spear from the side of Christ as he hung dead on the cross: “one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water” (John 19:34). There is a never-ending supply of this blood and water. Because of the blood, we can forget as God forgets. Because of the living water, we can move forward under the resurrection power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you have not received Jesus, ask the Father to introduce you to Him. When you accept Him, you will be born of the Spirit of God. If we follow Jesus Christ, our sin cannot keep its hold on us. In your sickness and pain, follow the Son of God. Read His Word, pray, sing to Him, and assemble together with believers—follow Jesus Christ. If you walk with Him, you will receive this never-ending supply of blood and living water. The Spirit of God comes when we have been washed clean of our sin. How do we believe this? “This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth” (1 John 5:6). If only a man speaks of this truth, who can understand? If God speaks this truth to a man, how can he not understand?
The Word may come from our pastor. It may come from a friend. It may come from a book. God may speak to us directly from the Word as we read.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ (Revelation 7:17)
He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8)