Job 14:17In years past, I was grateful for this covering, but my misunderstanding of it gave me a sense of separation from God and made me feel like a filthy worm merely disguised by the Blood. Then God showed me there was more. I was no longer just a "sinner saved by grace." His blood doesn't only cover our sin, it cleanses us.
My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.
Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. [That fountain is the blood of Christ.]
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Our sins are not just covered, they have been washed away by the blood of Christ! We are no longer "bad" and "wrong." We are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17), imperishable (1 Peter 1:23), created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24). The sacrifice of Jesus (received by faith) has made us good, likable people. (In our new, redeemed nature we are good [washed clean]. We are still responsible for our sin, but not identified by it, see The Two Yous.)
The foundation of self-esteem is first that we are created by God, second that we are loved by God, and third that we are made good in the truest part of ourselves by God. Don't disagree with what God thinks about you! Learn to like the new you!
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