Many say, “I forgive, but I don’t forget.” Well, this so called forgiveness isn’t of any profit, and it’s certainly not the way the Lord does when He forgives. After a person has obeyed the gospel and is a Christian, God is willing to forgive those who will repent and ask His forgiveness (Isaiah 1:10-20; Acts 2:37-38).
After that, God doesn’t keep the sin of man still on the books and neither will He bring it up again in the future. When God forgives, He forgets, and so should men (Hebrews 10:17). Yet, we still see those who hold grudges and refuse to give second chances to those who seek forgiveness. None can be forgiven of their trespasses if they refuse the same courtesy to others (Matthew 6:12, 18:21-35; James 2:13; Ephesians 4:31-32). We best get rid of all those grudges and start forgiving because the mercy we refuse to show today will be denied us tomorrow (Galatians 6:7; Proverbs 11:5; Numbers 32:23; Proverbs 26:27; Daniel 6:24).