When we forgive someone, we often must ask God to help us FORGET the actions which hurt us so that we don’t continue to hurt ourselves. Merriam-Webster’s first definition of “forgive” is: “To stop feeling anger toward someone who has done something wrong.” It’s a lot easier to stop feeling anger if you don’t remember what you are angry about! There are some painful things which happen to us, which only the power of God can erase from our memories. If He is powerful enough to blot sin from His mind, He is powerful enough to do it for us! While God is Omniscient, He leads by example by forgiving in such a way that the sins for which we have been granted forgiveness are NEVER again brought to remembrance by Him. Those forgiven sins are never more a part of the wall of sin which prevents us from experiencing His love! When we ask for forgiveness, He says:“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (Heb. 8:12) I don’t pretend to understand God; nor do I believe I will EVER comprehend One so wise Who created a universe so complex that even the wisest mortal is incapable of re-creating one living cell of its eternal vastness! Thus, do I not understand the depth of God’s heart of forgiveness in this verse—except maybe to have a glimpse of the awful pain that our sin causes Him in the face of the immense sacrifice of the very life and blood of His only Son:”I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” (Isa. 43:25) Sin causes pain. We need to give forgiveness as much as we need to get it. In order to completely forgive, we must forget; when we cannot forget on our own, God will help us. God has the power to make us forget pain and be free of anger. Sometimes we simply need His help to erase the memories so we no longer fall in the pit of bitterness. It’s a lot easier to stop feeling anger if you don’t remember what you were angry about: that is the nature of beautiful and complete forgiveness! Forgiveness sets us free to glorify Him and then we have little time for dwelling upon the past because we are too busy enjoying the present and anticipating the future!