Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2 NIV)
Many people insist that guilt is an imposition of society or religion, and that individuals can define right and wrong for themselves. But we all have a built-in sense of right and wrong, a moral compass, and this often leads to anguish that we cannot shake by ourselves when we do something we shouldn’t do.
God can remove our anguish through the liberation of forgiveness that starts with us being honest about our sins. It is only when we admit our sins that God is willing to cover them. When we confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us, He covers our sins and removes our shame so that we do not remain in anguish.
Through the New Covenant, God covers our sins by the blood of Jesus. The happiest people are those who honestly admit their sins to God and ask Him to forgive them. With their sins covered and forgiven, they are free to move forward without being weighed down by their past.
"To be able to look into God's face, and know with the knowledge of faith that there is nothing between the soul and Him, is to experience the fullest peace the soul can know. Whatever else pardon may be, it is above all things admission into full fellowship with God."
- Charles H. Brent