When I look inside myself, all I find is corruption, pride, selfishness, and sin.
I could list a whole host of other horrible sins, and fill you with stories, but then I’d be focusing on myself, and that’s not the point.
My conscience skewers me when I look inside. If I were to stand in God’s courtroom, I’d have no defense and He would be perfectly right to consign me to hell.
How can that be true?
The only reason I can sleep well at night is that even though my heart is depraved, and I’m not doing my best to please my Lord, I have in heaven at the Father’s right hand my beloved Jesus, who not only has done His best for the Father, and for Himself, but has fulfilled all righteousness for me in my place.
So no matter how much I fail, or how much I succeed (both are shot through with sin), I stand in the perfect record of my Lord Jesus.
Now that is something to shout for joy about!