I guess it’s a guy thing. I could watch The Godfather parts one and two a thousand times and it would never get old (not so much part three). The same is true for Goodfellas, as well as numerous other mob-themed movies.
My wife just rolls her eyes.
The other night I was watching Donnie Brasco starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp (for the twentieth time). In the movie, Johnny Depp plays undercover FBI agent, Joseph Pistone, who is befriended by a wiseguy named Lefty Ruggiero, played by Al Pacino.
At one point, Depp tries to explain to his fellow FBI agents the meaning of the phrase: “Fuhgeddaboudit.”
Fuhgeddaboudit means more than just “forget about it.” Among wiseguys, fuhgeddaboudit was a catch-all phrase which meant many different things depending on your tone and context.
You agree with someone that Raquel Welch is beautiful… fuhgeddaboudit. You disagree with someone that a Lincoln is better than a Cadillac… fuhgeddaboudit. The veal you ate was the most incredible food you’ve ever tasted… fuhgeddaboudit. Somebody just insulted your mother… fuhgeddaboudit.
As I listened to Johnny Depp explain the phrase fuhgeddaboudit, I thought about something God says concerning our sins. In Jeremiah 31, he tells us, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
That lie you told your wife yesterday… fuhgeddaboudit. That angry text you sent your boyfriend last week… fuhgeddaboudit. That dumb night your sophomore year in college which still haunts you… fuhgeddaboudit.
Now, to be clear, forgiveness doesn’t mean that God forgets about it. It’s not that our sins have simply slipped his mind. Our God doesn’t forget. He chooses to remember them no more.
There’s a difference.
God chooses to forgive. He chooses to never again look at our sins. He separates them from us as far as the east is from the west.
Forgiveness also does not mean that God is saying to us, “Fuhgeddaboudit” in the sense that our sins are no big deal or he doesn’t care about them.
Every sin is a big deal. Every sin, from the smallest lie to the darkest depravity, deserves God’s eternal anger in hell.
In just a little over a week, we remember a dark Friday called Good. On that day, God chose to direct his anger for our sins onto his Son. From that moment on, he could choose to remember our sins no more because they were forever paid for.
Remember that when you fail and fall. Remember that as you lie awake at night haunted by guilt. Remember that as you sit and stare at the cross on Good Friday. Because of what Jesus did there, God remembers your sins no more.