It started innocently enough. Little Meg came home from playing one day and told her mom that God had played with her. She went on to describe God, telling her mom how much fun God really is. Meg’s mom brushed it off as a little girl’s vivid imagination.
Meg’s mom began to get a little concerned because Meg came home day after day with the same story. When she was playing on a little hill, God would show up and they would play together. And each day, Meg would describe God, telling her mom how much fun God really is. After about two weeks of this, Mom didn’t know what else to do, so she took Meg to their church so she could tell her story to the priest.
Of course, the priest did not believe the little girl’s story. But Meg did not budge from her story; she insisted that it happened just like she said. Finally, the priest made her a deal. He would believe her if she could prove it to him. The next time she played with God, Meg was to ask Him what sins the priest had confessed that day.
A few days later, Meg came home and told her mom that she played with God again. And again her mom took Meg to see the priest. The priest asked her what sins God told her he had confessed, Meg smiled as she answered, “God said He doesn’t remember….”
That is the promise we hear throughout the Bible. We hear it from Jeremiah when God tells him, “I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people… for I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sins.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34). And we hear it from David, “As far as east is from west—that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.” (Psalm 103:12).
God promises not only to forgive our sins but He also promises to forget our sins. But as John reminds us, it begins with learning The Art of Confession.