A great problem faced by the church today is a lack of forgiveness. Sometimes this lack is toward another person; yet, often a believer cannot forgive himself. This person may feel a deep sense of unworthiness or worthlessness because of memories of past sins and failures for which he has not appropriated forgiveness. His conscience has become damaged from his past. He may know the Word of God and that Jesus has paid for all sin, but he continues to live in guilt.
How does a person receive victory over these guilt complexes? He does so in the same way he received salvation. “By grace are ye saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). It is by grace and not the letter of the Word. If our consciences are damaged by sin, we can receive cleansing and healing in the conscience. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). We must allow the love of God to help us in our infirmities and thank Him for forgiving and forgetting our sins forever.
We need not let our consciences be affected by sins that have been covered by the blood of Christ. We must simply name our sins, rebound, and then go on in the privilege of knowing our iniquities are cast “into the depths of the sea.”