This was in my ESV “Daily Light on the Daily Path” this morning. What a balm it is. I left quite a mess in my wake as a teen (I was saved at 17); but though I may have regrets and waves of remorse that wash over my soul when I look through human eyes at that pit from which I was digged, my God sees me clean–because He is Jehovah Tsidkenu (“the LORD, our righteousness”). He knows all of my sins–even the ones I am unaware of–and He understands that they all are the result of being born as a sinner (I never understood Ps. 51 until I was saved, even though I would recite it from memory every Sunday in our Lutheran church growing up). This is all amazing enough until I consider: “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions.
I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist.—“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”—“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”—“I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”—You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
In love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.—Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity? . . . He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.—To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, . . . to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Ps. 25:7; Isa. 44:22; Isa. 43:25; Isa. 1:18; Jer. 31:34; Mic. 7:19; Isa. 38:17; Mic. 7:18; Rev. 1:5
And this is not including one more of my favorite passages on this topic:
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
This is amazing grace, folks.