Have you ever been racked with guilt and shame that your bones ached? The guy that wrote Psalm 32 knows all about it. His bones were wasting away and his strength was being sapped out of him. He was in a really bad place. Do you relate?
Imagine being told that all you had to do was turn to Jesus, confess and repent and all (YES ALL) would be forgiven, that the past would never be revisited (although there may be consequences) and it would never be brought up again.
When I sit down to dinner with certain people, that is all they want to do, rake up the past, bring every last unpalatable morsel to the table and wonder why I have no appetite.
Because of Je–sus. There is no condemnation. We are justified freely by his
grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Notice the words:
FREELY GRACE REDEMPTION
Follower of Jesus for free.
Justified means pardoned, there is no community service, no sentence – deferred or otherwise. There is freedom and it is free.
When we choose to be followers of Jesus we are pardoned from all sin. He shows his mercy and we accept forgiveness…
And then the real work begins … santification, being made righteous over time (lots and lots of it)
Having been physically ill from guilt is a powerful thing, not in itself, but when the guilt is gone, lifted, to be seen no more, the freedom is mighty.