Forgive and Forget

Forgive and Forget - Jeremiah 31:34


The world is quite familiar with the phrase forgive and forget , yet they are likely not familiar with its origin. Jeremiah 31:34 speaks of a condition that will be enjoyed by the Jewish people in the kingdom that will be established on this earth. Some of these benefits are already enjoyed by the born-again child of God. In this verse, the Lord says that He "will forgive their iniquity, and . . . will remember their sin no more." Notice that He said He will forgive and forget. True forgiveness also forgets. To say that someone is forgiven yet still accountable for the wrongdoing is to suggest that they were never actually forgiven. This is not based upon what a person deserves, but is an act of mercy (Hebrews 8:11-12).


  • (For smaller children) Joseph's brothers treated him cruelly. When they asked for forgiveness, he was willing and treated them kindly (Genesis 50:17, 21). With God's help, he forgave them even before they asked. Notice what he named his firstborn son and what the name meant (Genesis 41:51).
  • How is forgiveness tied to forgetting? Can something truly be forgiven if it is not also forgotten? Can we truly forgive a person, if we will not forget the wrong that they did unto us?
  • What does it mean to you that God has forgiven and forgotten? How can those sins ever be brought up again, if God has chosen to forget them?


  • Thank the Lord that He forgives and forgets.
  • Ask the Lord to help you forgive and forget.


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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 13:21

Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.