Much too easily, people accept a wrong or incomplete picture of God. Some fall for the lie that God is love, and that He will not punish our sins with eternal damnation in hell (lake of fire).

Others point to the lie, that God is righteousness, and that He will hold on to all of our sins and punish us terribly.

The truth is: God is both. God is love and God is righteousness.

God’s justice requires, without exception, the punishment of all our sins. All it takes is just 1 thought of wrath, according to Jesus, and we deserve the lake of fire forever (Matthew 5:22).

Forgiveness of all our sins through Jesus

But the good news is, God has punished all your (and my) sins once and for all in Jesus. All our sins from past, present, and even future. So gloriously full of grace is our God. “…just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21; NIV)

Psalm 147:1

Whoever accepts Jesus as his Savior is immaculate, clean, and holy for and before God (Colossians 1:22). God looks at a true believer in his or her true self, at their spirit. And the true self is completely sanctified by Jesus and sealed forever by the Holy Spirit, so that neither the devil nor the demons would ever come back there again. All the more strongly, they attack us in our thinking (part of the soul) in order to turn us to doubts and temptations. But even if we (unfortunately) still sin: That does not change our salvation anymore. God says about us Jesus-believers: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (God in Hebrews 8:12; NIV).

And so that no one can overlook this verse, God repeats His pledge a few pages later in the Bible: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (God in Hebrews 10:17; NIV)

Because Jesus was punished, we can no longer be punished

Prophetically, this glorious promise was already announced earlier: “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12; NIV).

God does not even see our sins. He punished them once and for all in Jesus: “…you have put all my sins behind your back.” (Isaiah 38:17; NIV)

Likewise, we find a prophetic announcement for the glorious freedom, which we as Jesus-believers are able to gratefully enjoy: “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19; NIV)

God and your sins.

If God says of you as a Jesus-believer that He does not even see your sins. Your sins are so far away from you as Jesus-believer like the sunrise from the sunset. God has thrown your sins behind Him (so that He does not have to look at them). God hurled your sins into the depth of the sea.

If all this is so, why do you want to let the devil and demons condemn you with feelings of guilt? Why then, do you want to look at yourself and your sins? Why do not you want to finally develop a grace-consciousness related to God and Jesus instead of a self-focused sin consciousness (where you are at the center)?

“My people have turned their backs on me and have refused to return.” (God in Jeremiah 32:33; NLT)

Question: Will you be a better person if you look at your sins and failures and weaknesses? Or will you become a better person if you look at the almighty Almighty? With God and Jesus, you find strength to become a better person more and more.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16; NLT)