“True faith will inevitably manifest itself in the performance of works of obedience… The performance of works are the result of faith and the fruit of justification.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.” I Samuel 15:2
God has a long memory; He never forgets. When Israel traveled from Egypt to Canaan under the hand of Moses, Amalek opposed her. Hundreds of years latter, God commissioned Saul with the task of retribution; the whole of the people was to be annihilated. The author of Hebrews, quoting from Jeremiah and speaking for God says, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”228 God never forgot the sin of Amalek and yet forgets the iniquities of others. What does God remember and what does God forget? The believer can easily grasp why this is an important question.
God will forget your sin and iniquity in the sense that it will not adversely affect your relationship with Him. His acceptance of you is total; He will never taunt you with a past transgression or allow it to adversely influence His relationship with you. Nor are you on probation in the Christian life. The Lords acceptance of you is based on perfect knowledge; you may disappoint Him, but you will never surprise Him.
This does not mean, however, that you will not stand before the judgment bar of God and give an account for how you lived the life God gave you. He will remember every thought, motive, word, and deed in your life and you will be judged accordingly. Your relationship with Him will not be under consideration, but your eternal fruit will.
228 cr. Jeremiah 31:34 & Hebrews 8:12
2 Chronicles 7-9 John 11:1-29 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 7-9
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