Not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses, but [canceling them] (2 Corinthians 5:19 AMP)
“Jesus wants you to stand up on your feet and look Him in the eye.” – Mark Hankins
People struggle with a sense of sin and condemnation throughout the religions of the world. There is a bronze statue of Peter in Rome that has the toe worn off by millions of religious people who think they will get blessed if they kiss Peter’s toe. In various nations, people crawl for miles on holy days to certain shrines because they think their sins will be forgiven if they can crawl far enough.
The good news of the Gospel is that 2,000 years ago on the cross, God was in Christ reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself. You have been cleansed through the blood of Jesus. Your right standing with God is so secure that He has given you a seat at His right hand. God Himself can look at you with the most penetrating gaze and cannot find one thing wrong with you. How can that be? Because you are in Christ! God sees you in Christ.
Confession: I have been born again. I am a new creation. I have been made righteous now. I am forgiven. I am redeemed.