Galatians 3:10-11 (AMP) 10 And all who depend on the Law [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction, for it is written in the Scriptures, Cursed (accursed, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment) be everyone who does not continue to abide (live and remain) by all the precepts and commands written in the Book of the Law and to practice them. 11 Now it is evident that no person is justified (declared righteous and brought into right standing with God) through the Law, for the Scripture says, The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live
Jesus died for us as sinners so we can be forgiven. This doesn’t mean we can live life willy-nilly, but it does mean that God understands weaknesses and we do not have to follow certain steps created by man in order to be forgiven by God. God is going to forgive us if we are repentant and our heart is right.
When we feel guilty about our sins or past we tend to feel like God is mad at us. When we think God is mad at us, it prohibits us from accepting the forgiveness that He has to offer. We cannot pay for our sins. God forgives us and that is a gift from God. If we are repentant and sorry, we are forgiven. It is truly that simple. Sometimes we grow up in an environment that makes us feel like we have to pay for our mistakes in some sort of way and then we carry that belief with us when it comes to accepting God’s forgiveness.
We have to learn to separate who we are from what we do. We are made right with God through the blood of Christ. We are all going to make mistakes – on a daily basis. That is just part of being human. God sent Jesus here in the flesh. Jesus understands the temptations and situations we face on a daily basis because He lived in the flesh. We may not deserve forgiveness but we get it anyway because God loves us that much and understands we will have weaknesses.
We have to learn to live by faith and just make an effort to show God our repentance. God is not mad at you!
Zephaniah 3:17 (AMP) 17 The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing
Psalm 103:8-9 (AMP) 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness.
9 He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.