Did you know that guilt can be erased? It would be pointless for me to think I can avoid guilt because God knows and can record every word I’ve ever said, everything I’ve ever done and even every thought I’ve ever had.
Ps. 139:1-4 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
The good news is that an unbelievably fabulous deal is available! God has a delete button! He would love to erase it all but it is not an automatic action. It is His choice that both His love and His holiness, His compassion and His justice, must be satisfied. He therefore has arranged for Jesus to take upon Himself the whole debt load for everyone on earth by dying on the cross for us as payment. Forgiveness is available to everyone who acknowledges accountability to God, admits sinfulness as the wrong way to live and asks for mercy. The thieving tax collector in Lk. 18 prayed, “God be merciful to me sinner.” That met those basic requirements God was looking for and the tax collector went away justified, forgiven. The Pharisee who was boasting about how good he was did not leave justified.
For the repentant tax collector God pressed the delete button, for the proud Pharisee … not. We have the same choice. I can appear before God with my debt paid in full or bear the consequences myself.