Can you imagine what a life without a trace of guilt would be like? That is what Christ lived and what he allowed for when He took the raging sea of mankind’s sins from the beginning of time to the end and paid for it all with one horrible death. The verse in 2 Cor.5:21 “For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” takes on new meaning when you recognize how willingly He took on all our weight and guilt from sin, and remained sinless while he endured the punishments, torture, humiliation, and pain of the most wretched death the Romans could create for their worst criminals. Christ not only did the hardest thing in history; he did what no other man in history would ever be capable of – to give himself into the arms of those he knew would put him to a shameful death when he himself bore no shame, and although he had the power to stop it at his will, he did not, because he deemed all of mankind worth paying the price for.
In that light, it makes it harder for me to justify any of my sin when I know I have been granted forgiveness of my sins. I have been freely given a clean slate, time and time again. His forgiveness is limitless! That should make me ecstatic! I need to remember the price he paid for my freedom and guiltlessness whenever I consider giving into sin. If we had appropriate gratitude for what Christ did for us, I think we would be a much more pure and joyful people.