1. Sometimes in hanging on to our useless guilt, we are idolaters. We believe our sin or conscience is more powerful than our God.
  2. Increasingly, to forgive is seen as winking at evil, as shrugging one’s moral shoulders, and as being complicit.
  3. Jesus is our confidence because he reveals truth from falsehood, right from wrong, and reality from appearance, so that we may rely on him for our every need of body, soul, and mind.
  4. He will plead guilty on our behalf, and suffer the death sentence in our place.
  5. It may seem like a radical statement, but in Christ Jesus, there’s nothing wrong with you.
  6. In truth, forgetting transgressions has little to do with forgiving others who wrong us.
  7. The absence of a feeling is not the absence of Christ, but as emotional, rational, and spiritual beings, we cannot say that the presence of Christ necessitates the absence of emotion.
  8. We all desperately need God’s only Son to take our place, to cleanse us by His blood, to wipe away our evil deeds.
  9. When we explain away God’s Word, we jettison the reality of our ominous diagnosis in the “Thou shall/shall nots” of the law, and with it the sweet cure in the, “This is My body/blood” of the Gospel.
  10. I don’t mean simply that I “loved the darkness rather than the light because my deeds were evil,” as Jesus says (John 3:19). While that is true, there was deeper magic at work. I loved the darkness because I feared all the good things in the light.
  11. As with so many things, regret can begin as something natural, even beneficial, as you struggle to recover from a wound in your past. But over time, regret can devolve from a sadness to a sickness.
  12. Every year, when this day rolls around, I turn over the stones of remembrance that litter my mind, to see what lurks beneath.
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