The truth is that often we feel as though beating ourselves up and dwelling on our sin pleases God. You probably won’t admit this but if you really stop and think about it, you see the grain of truth in it. Its as though we think that God needs to be reminded of our sin.
But here is the problem with that….
The problem with dwelling on “Sinner” as our identity is that it diminishes Jesus’ work on the cross.
Focusing on how broken and messed up you is basically saying that Jesus’ work on the cross wasn’t enough to rescue you. When you focus on your sin, and beat yourself up over it you are saying that Jesus’ work to forgive me wasn’t enough. You are saying that what I really need is:
The cross + guilty feelings
That will earn my forgiveness!
But Christianity isn’t a guilt-laden religion. If you think part of what it means to be a Christian is to constantly live with feelings of guilt well I have got news for you. You got it all wrong.
Christianity isn’t a guilt-laden religion. Chrstianity is a freeing religion. It’s a religion that says that there is no more guilt. There is no more condemnation.
Christianity says that you have God’s full acceptance. It says that God is eternally pleased with you. The reason why is because you have been justified in the name of Christ and you are being sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit.