Will We Remember Our Past Failures?

Q. I know that with our salvation the Lord God no longer remembers our sins, but we do remember the guilt associated with them. I feel certain that when we are finally with the Lord in heaven we will no longer feel that guilt but I can’t find that in the Bible. Please refer me to the verses that says we will not feel guilt any more. Thanks.

A. Whenever we remember the times when we’ve let the Lord down, by failing to witness to a friend or relative, or committing some sin we’re really ashamed of, there are two passages we can turn to that tell us all will be forgotten when we’re finally with the Lord.

The first is in Isaiah 65:17, “Behold I create new heavens and new Earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”

The second one is in Revelation 21:4. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ” Now the dwelling of God is with men and He will live with them. They will be His people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

This only make sense. How could we have an eternity filled with joy if we still harbored guilt for our past behavior? Remember, nothing of our earthly life will accompany us into Heaven. We’ll have a new perfect body, our old sin nature will be gone, and along with it, our memories of that old sin infested person we used to be. From then on, we will be in fact that which we are now in faith; a new creation in Christ.

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