When conscience first attacks our wrongs—when we’ve gushed hot and angry words; indulged in something bad for us; lied to our loved ones or ourselves—we cringe as though the sky will fall. Fear tells us—multiplied by guilt—mistakes are inexcusable; that we are irredeemable. But that’s when we must shout the gospel to ourselves, or find some kindly soul who knows it: “Christ Jesus came into the world tosavesinners—of whom I am the foremost” (I Tim 1:15). The only sin grace can’t erase is one you won’t let Christ forgive. Speak truth—and freedom—now to life. And stay in grace.