“…I will put my laws in their hearts, and write them on their minds, then he adds, I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
In their hearts – the center of their being and on their minds – the feelings, will and intellect. This is where God has placed the essence of who I shall become in Him. It is the playbook, the game plan, the direction I am to go and since I am His I carry it within me. I don’t know if I could go so far as to say this is the Holy Spirit or if this playbook must be acted upon by the Holy Spirit, but I do know it is no longer “other” if it is within.
I feel like the middle of a sandwich – God above pressing down upon me and the Holy Spirit rising up from within. And in this gentle process the transformation of a life takes place. Maybe when that process is complete and we reign with Jesus in the new heaven and new earth, the Holy Spirit will no longer need to be within us. (Now, that’s a curious thought. I wonder.)
And he will no longer remember my sins and rebellion. All will be forgiven and wiped away as if it never happened. For as wonderful and critical as the gift of memory is, it can also be a crushing and shaming device when manipluated by the enemy of my soul. But God, in His ridiculous love and mercy will have no memory of my failures and unbelief. My prayer is that my own memories will be as He wants them….for my good and for His glory, as Bob is fond of praying. Maybe that is part of the sandwich press of sanctification. 🙂
God will never be satisfied until His children are living in His full restoration.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Ps. 119:34
About the World?
Forgive and forget is a human impossibility but not a God impossibility.