He has reconciled [you] in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight. Colossians 1:21-22
Have you ever returned home to discover that the family dog has gotten into the kitchen trash can or chewed up a cushion or soiled the living room carpet? When that happens, the beloved pet will often hide in a corner and not even meet our gaze. Even our pets (sometimes) know when they have “sinned”! They are full of shame and guilt. But when their owner “has a talk” and welcomes them back with a loving embrace, their confidence is restored.
God has made it possible for us, His children, to “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16) even after we have sinned. We can “draw near with confidence” (NASB 1995) in spite of our shame at having failed. Why? Because Christ, by His death on the cross, presents us “holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Colossians 1:22). When we sin, if we confess our sin, God is “faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9).
If you have sinned, don’t hide in the corner. Go with confidence to God and be forgiven, cleansed, and restored.
The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ. Charles H. Spurgeon