“To truly become a Christian we must also repent of the reasons we ever did anything right. Pharisees only repent of their sins, but Christians repent for the very roots of their righteousness, too.
We must learn how to repent of the sin under all our other sins and under all our righteousness – the sin of seeking to be our own Savior and Lord. We must admit that we’ve put our ultimate hope in both our wrongdoing and right doing we have been seeking to get around God or get control of God in order to get hold of those things.”
“Only as we begin to grasp the immensity of the sin problem
are we able to glimpse the depth of God’s grace,
seeing God’s grace gives us courage to face our sinfulness.”
Generous in love—God, give grace!
Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
my sins are staring me down.
You’re the One I’ve violated, and You’ve seen
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever You decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with You for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What You’re after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
Psalm 51:1-6 The Message