God has freely forgiven us of every sin that we have committed. The moment we sincerely confess our sin to Him, He completely forgives us. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." When God forgives us of our sin, our relationship with Him is restored. We do not need to punish ourselves for proving that we are sorry for the wrong things we have done. The reason we do not need to punish ourselves for being forgiven of our sins is that our Lord Jesus Christ took the punishment for us. There is nothing that we can add to His sacrificial death, and the effect of His sacrificial death is eternal. God wants us to be free of our past sins by forgiving us. He chose not to remember our sin and not use it against us. When He sees us as His children, He sees us as forgiven.
There was a man sentenced to five years in a labor camp for the crime he committed. In this labor camp, he had to harvest rocks from the base of a rocky mountain and hiked them up to a steep mountain to pay for the crime he committed. It is easy for us to relate our forgiveness to this man's situation because we think that we need repay God for all the sins that we have done, and if we do not repay God, we feel that he will never accept us. What Jesus had done for us was that He took our place in harvesting those rocks so that He could pay for the crime that we have committed. When God forgives us of our sin, we do not owe Him anything anymore. We are free and innocent before our Heavenly Father.
When we stand before God after our lives on this earth, we will stand innocent before God, not because of what we have done, but because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us. Our Lord Jesus will represent us before our Heavenly Father, and He will declare us righteous. As Christians, we should not live in fear, guilt, and shame because of our past sins. We are forgiven and free from our past sins. Let us enjoy our freedom in our Lord Jesus Christ because there is no more condemnation in Him.
Ask yourself these questions: Who paid for the penalty of my sin? What did God promise to do when I confess my sin to Him? What happened to my past sins after confessing them to God?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Lord Jesus, thank you for taking my place in paying off the penalty of my sin. I am completely forgiven because of what you have done. I am now forgiven and can stand before my Heavenly Father innocent. Thank you for saving me. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.