In a previous post I wrote about how I used to be fearful when approaching God. I used to think He was angry at me, waiting for an opportunity to punish me. This was before I came to know the goodness and kindness of His character, and before I understood how righteous I was made through the sacrifice of Jesus.
If you understand and have faith in how complete the price was that Jesus paid on the cross, you are blameless before God. Now you don’t have to shy away from Him in fear and run away from His presence – you can boldly approach Him with confidence in your salvation. There are numerous verses to back this up:
“In Whom, because of our faith in Him (Jesus), we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).” Eph 3:12
“The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion.” Prov 28:1
Remember that the last verse does not refer to a righteousness earned through good works and a perfect life – it is a righteousness given as a gift when we become born again (Rom 3:22). The only thing that can now separate us from God is self-condemnation in our own hearts:
“And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God…” 1 John 3:21
God does not condemn you – it is your own heart. Luckily – He is greater than our hearts! Through Jesus we can approach Him confidently, boldly and with a perfectly clear conscience. All that remains for us is to get to know Him and live in a relationship with Him.