Let’s be real: we have all struggled with being too critical of ourselves. We screw up and say to ourselves, “I can’t believe I did that AGAIN! I’m such a failure.” I know I do. I find myself struggling with the same sin for the second day in a row and think, “I’m so sick of this sin! God must be so disappointed with me.” The fact of the matter is that believers are redeemed in Christ Jesus, and therefore their sins have been forgiven.
Scripture gives us a very important truth to keep tucked in our hearts. Romans 3:23-26(ESV):
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Christ is our redeemer! By His death on the cross, His blood has washed away the sins of His children. If we have truly placed our faith in Christ Jesus as our Savior, we are forgiven. Our sins are erased and forgotten…forever!
I would like to leave you with a verse from one of my favorite hymns that speaks of this forgiveness we receive through our Savior:
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!*
*‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. Words: Louisa M.R. Stead, 1882. Music: William J. Kirkpatrick.