'as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.' Psalm 103 v 12
I don't know about you, but sometimes I find it really hard to fully take in that God can and has washed all my sin away. Memories of the things I've done in the past that I still regret doing occasionally return to my mind years later.
But the amazing and wonderful truth is that though we may still feel guilty of what we've done, said and thought a decade ago, a year ago or just last week, we can be reminded by what's written in the Bible - when we confess our sin, want to start afresh and have a clean slate, God will remove our iniquities completely from us.
'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.' 1 John 1:9
Sometimes it's very easy for us to dwell on the fact that we've messed up and feel really useless and worthless because of it.. it's true we still sin but Jesus loves us so much he sacrificed himself so we won't have to endure what he had to endure.
These feelings of worthlessness are Satan's way of trying to bring us down and to stray away from God, making us think that our sins are too many in number, too huge for God to forgive, or that they are not forgiven at all and are still there.
Try picturing a white handkerchief which represents your record of sinning and dots or splodges of blood or red paint on the handkerchief representing your sin...
Now imagine every time you come to God and ask for his forgiveness and really want to turn from what you've done in the past, all that blood/red paint vanishes instantly, not even leaving a faint mark of what was on there before... it's now spotless and your sin has gone without a leaving a trace behind!
'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.' Isaiah 1 v 18
I find it really hard to take it in, but when I do it's such a wonderful feeling of elation and joy that we can be made right with God, through His awesome and ever flowing grace and we may take it for granted that there is this gift of forgiveness, freely given to anyone who asks. We don't have to ask God at a specific time, a specific place or use long complicated words: we can ask anytime or anywhere, not necessarily at church... you can ask him now if you want.
'The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.' Romans 16 v 20