I have heard many people say to really forgive means that one has to forget the offense. When Paul writes in 1 Cor. 13 that love does not keep an account of wrongs, is he saying that one has to forget an offense to be truly loving the offender.

Is that what you think it means?

Does God forget our sins? Is that possible for the omniscient God to do? Can He who knows all, forget something? Is it more probably that He does not remember our sins against us?

Gary Inrig in his book, “The Parables: Understanding What Jesus Meant” suggests the following:

Something that can be forgotten is trivial; things that truly need forgiveness are not. And forgiveness is not ignoring, avoiding, or being indifferent to a person who has harmed us, a state of controlled politeness.

So — do we have to forget to forgive?