Ephesians 5:1 starts with ‘therefore’ which takes us back and reinforces 4:32. It says, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.”
We are to imitate God as forgivers. Colossians 3:13 says, “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”
Micah 7:19 is a ‘No Fishing’ verse. It says, “…You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Hebrews 8:12 is speaking about the new covenant. It says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Psalm 103:12 says, “For as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” The north and the south meet, but the east and the west do not meet.
In 1987 we were on a short term mission in Quito Ecuador. Our team stood straddling the line that separates the north and the south.
We imitate the Lord when we destroy our record of wrongs. Here is a heart governor verse. 1 Corinthians 13:5 in the Amplified says, “It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful, it takes NO account of evil done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong).”