(Shawn A. Akers) The other day, someone close to me asked me a very disturbing and heartbreaking question about her marriage. “Because of how we got together, is our marriage ultimately doomed?” I must admit, I was taken aback. It’s no secret to anyone that the husband and wife first came together through an adulterous relationship. However, that was years ago, and I knew the couple—both of whom love the Lord will all of their hearts—had repented and asked for and received forgiveness.

Therefore, according to Hebrews 8:12 (MEV), which says, “For I will be merciful toward their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more,” the two are forgiven and should rejoice because of the fixedness of this pardon. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Hebrews 8:12 says, “It is so final and so fixed that God will remember their sins no more; he will not recall his pardon; he will not only forgive their sins but forget them, treat them as if he had forgotten them.” READ MORE