Forgiveness changes the memory of our past into a hope for our future. (Lewis B. Smedes, late theology professor)
We sometimes hear someone say, “I can forgive you, but I can’t forget.” Either that person really wants to hang on to the hurt and hasn’t really forgiven, or she doesn’t understand the true nature of forgiving. When God says he won’t remember our sins, it’s most likely he simply means he will no longer hold those failures against us. Could we say, he remembers to forget them?
Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. (Psalm 25:7)