This is an email I received from a lady that was concerned if God would forgive her sins because she was a back-slider.
Does God forget the sins that we commit, after we get saved? I've heard people say that He forgives and forgets our sins of our past the very first time we give our hearts to Him. But then someone told me that if I sin after I get saved that He will forgive me of my sins when I repent, but He won't forget it. He remembers it and I will be judged on it when I get to Heaven. This whole thing has me really upset and worried because I have backslid many times.
Saved but Concerned
Dear Saved But Concerned,
I want to start off by expressing my gratitude that you took the time write this ministry about this issue that is causing you some concern. Before I get into the details of my answer to you, I want to reassure you up front that if you have confessed your sins to God and accepted Jesus Christ into your heart according to Romans 10:9 & 10, you are saved and will make it into heaven?
I want you to know that God is not writing down everything you do, to hold for judgment day and throw them in your face, then reject you (that's how man would do it). That is what those who think their works will get them into heaven believe. Their hope is built on a misunderstanding of what God will judge in the end. The Bible says in 1 john 1:9, "If you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”
Also, Psalm 103:10-12 says, "He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." I encourage you to read Psalm 103 in its entirety, it will bless you.
God does not expect us to be perfect, nor is he naive enough to believe we will never sin again, because we will. That is the beauty of grace that Jesus gave us through his death on the cross. Although God forgives us for our sins, we still suffer the consequences of our actions and decisions. I'm sure you have not done anything worse than King David did when he committed adultery with Bathsheba, got her pregnant, and then had her husband killed. Or Rehab, who was a prostitute in the city of Jericho. There are many others in the Bible I can tell you about who committed great sins but were still accepted by God, like Sampson, King Solomon and Saul the persecutor. The only unforgivable sin is when you reject the Holy Spirit, and die and have not truly accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Matthew 12:31). God loves you, and if your heart is turned over to him, he will welcome you into the kingdom of heaven.
God bless you,