4 Things God Does with Forgiven Sin

What does God do with our sin after he forgives us?

1) He covers our sin.

“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Psalm 32:1)

2) He removes our sin.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.” (Isaiah 44:22)

“You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19)

3) He cleanses our conscience.

“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin … Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:2,7)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

4) He forgets our sin.

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)

(From Erwin Lutzer, After You’ve Blown It, pp. 46-51)


  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    And why is it that we find it so hard to forgive ourselves even after we ask forgiveness and believe He forgave? I find so many of us (me included at times) continue to beat ourselves up mentally, instead of accepting that He took the beating up for us…

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Sharon – Yes, as Erwin Lutzer says in his book, When it comes to sin that has been forgiven, why is our memory so much better than God’s?

  3. Margaret says:

    On the topic of forgiveness, I listened to Focus on the Family the last two mornings on my car radio. Heard the testimony of David Meece, singer and song-writer. One of the most moving and remarkable testimonies I have ever heard.

    After suffering a very abusive childhood with an alcoholic and drug-addicted father, David had a hard time forgiving his father, even after bcoming a Christian. He wanted to forgive, but could not get past the hatred in his heart. God gave him a vision, through the Holy Spirit, of his father as a little boy, suffering from abuse himself, and at last he was able to understand, to feel the pain his own father had felt, and the cleansing forgiveness came. This is a reminder to all of us that we should try to understand the person who has hurt us, and cry for their pain, instead of crying for our own. This was very meaningful to me.

    This short description, doesn’t begin to portray what happened, in David’s own words. I believe Focus on the Family offers CD’s of their programs, if anyone is interested in hearing this powerful and incredible story. The program was broadcast on August 19 and 20.

    He closes his testimony with his own beautiful song, “My Father’s Chair”, which brought me to tears.

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Margaret – Sounds like a wonderful testimony from David Meece. Thank you for sharing the information.

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