Romans 3: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Read Romans 3:23-24 These two passages state that all are sinners, and we all fall short of God’s glory (or his perfection), but that we are justified (or forgiven) freely (there is no price to us), by God’s grace and redeemed through Jesus Christ. God is perfect, and Holy, and nothing that is not perfect and Holy can be close to God. So, in order for us to get close to God, we need to be sinless, which we will never be, due to our sinful nature. So God provided us with a perfect (ultimate) sacrifice for our sins, in the form of Jesus Christ who is God’s son, God in the flesh. It is God’s graciousness towards us, that allows us to accept Jesus with no penalty for our sins.
That is not say that there are not earthly consequences for our sins. For example, if someone kills someone, they are still dead. Even though, having asked for God’s forgiveness the person who did the killing is forgiven. That person still has to live with the knowledge of their criminal/sinful act. This it true for any sin.
It’s important that when you are forgiven by God you must also forgive yourself. I mean, who are you, to still think that you are guilty when God, himself, has forgiven you. That is the height of egotism, you are actually saying that your feelings on the matter are more important that God’s.
God has no desire for us to dwell on and wallow in self pity because of the sins we have committed; doing that robs us of our joy, separates us from enjoying God’s presence in our lives. It also can keep us from showing others, by the example of how we live with God’s forgiveness and joy who God truly is to us. If we cling to our guilt then we are failing to show others that grace and forgiveness is a fact that you can count on from God when you ask for it.
After all, people who are riddled with guilt are not usually very happy, and although misery loves company, company does not love misery! In other words, no one wants to be around a Christian who is beating themselves up all the time and looking and feeling miserable. Just as no one wants to be around someone who is perpetually angry. Those attitudes do nothing to draw others to God because they are no different than the unforgiven non-Christian world. Yes, we all have those feelings from time to time, but by and large we should enjoy the fact that we are forgiven and redeemed by God’s grace. There should be something about a Christian that is different from those who don’t know Christ. That is why we are told to be in the world but not part of the world.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what (is) that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Read Joshua Chapter 2, and Joshua 6:17, 21-25 This is the Story of Rahab the Harlot (Prostitute) Refer to Matthew 1:5, this is a list of Jesus ancestors, and in this verse it lists Rahab’s name. This is an excellent example of God’s grace, you can never be too bad for God’s grace and forgiveness. God forgave Rahab her sin so completely that he even included her as an ancestor of Jesus. Jesus’ ancestry list is full of sinners who have been forgiven by God. That is the grace of God.