After a challenging sermon yesterday from my friend Anthony Zurlo, I was reminded of this quote from Jerry Bridges.
"The gospel, applied to our hearts every day, frees us to be brutally honest with ourselves and with God. The assurance of His total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don't have to play defensive games anymore. We don't have to rationalize and excuse our sins.
"We can say we told a lie instead of saying we exaggerated a bit. We can admit an unforgiving spirit instead of continuing to blame our parents for our emotional distress. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross. With the assurance of total forgiveness through Christ, we have no reason to hide from our sins anymore."
I would only add that the gospel enables us to be brutally honest not only with ourselves and with God, but with other people. We won't be freed to be open about our sin and God's grace with others without the security of knowing Christ's love revealed in the gospel. And so our fellowship with others will be terribly impaired if we are not resting in Christ's grace that has justified the ungodly.