What if your worst indiscretions were posted on the internet for all to see? Kind of a scary thought, isn’t it? Yet this subject is the very battle that is raging right now as countries and governments (including our own) are trying to determine just how much privacy we each possess; just how much we should; and for how long we should possess it.
You see, if your worst indiscretions involve the internet, they might already be posted for all to see. Think about it… yesterday’s indiscretions, today’s indiscretions, tomorrow’s indiscretions all could be remembered with just a few clicks of mouse. Apparently, Google never forgets.
Let’s suffice it to say that all of us have done things we regret. These range from our simplest embarrassing moments to our deepest sins. When we think of them, our reactions run the gamut of simple blushing to full on hiding our faces in shame. But here’s something that’s universal… we all want to separate the immediate moment we are in from the memory of an unpleasant moment in our past. We certainly don’t want that to carry our shame into our future.
So the battle involves Google, and its right to “remember.” How long is too long for Google to keep our past mistakes attainable to the public? Shouldn’t there be some sort of “statute of limitations,” after which Google has to just “let it go”? Stay tuned as this a topic under intense debate and scrutiny.
But you know what? There is some great news regarding this for this immediate moment. You can be forgiven! You can be forgiven right now!
Listen to these words of God spoken through the prophet Isaiah.
“‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” Isaiah 1:18
Don’t you love this? God wants to put closure on the issue. Here’s more from the prophet Jeremiah:
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:34
You see, God has all the power, the resources and the memory capacity to recall every sin you’ve ever committed. In fact, what you’ve long sought to forget, God has the ability to instantaneously recall in living color and precise detail. His ability to remember would both shock and amaze you!
But here’s some great news! God offers each of us a chance to “opt out” of our sins being remembered… for eternity! He literally puts in front of us a choice. Yes or no? If we want to forever be separated from our sins he clearly tells us what we must do. And what’s that? Simply confess, repent and seek forgiveness through the grace of his son Jesus Christ. Trust in the effect of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to pay for your sins. Need forgiveness? It Is Finished!
God wants to forgive you. Never forget this! He never will.