In a recent book, Ron Lee Davis tells the true story of a priest in the Philippines, a much-loved man of God who carried the burden of an old secret sin. He had repented but still had no peace about it. In his parish was a woman who loved God deeply and who claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ. The priest, however, was skeptical. To test her he said, “The next time you speak with Christ, ask Him what sin I committed while I was in seminary.” The woman agreed. A few days later the priest asked, “Well, did Christ visit you in your dreams?” “Yes, he did,” she replied. “And did you ask Him what sin I committed back in seminary?” “Yes.” “And what did He say?” She smiled and answered “Christ said, ‘I don’t remember.’”
When God forgives, He forgets. And He helps us to forgive ourselves.