I came across this wonderful tidbit from Jerry Bridges in his book Transforming Grace .
Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.
When I read, “blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him”, I wept with joy and gratitude. What a fantastic encouragement that God will never judge me for any of my sins. I know I have as wicked a sinful nature as anyone else, and apart from the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit in my life, I am fully capable of the so-called gross sins of immorality, drunkenness, stealing, and the like. But those are not the sins that trouble me at this time. Rather, I struggle with what I call “refined” sins: selfishness, pride, impatience, a critical attitude, and a judgmental spirit.
Despite my calling those areas as “refined” sins, they are nevertheless very real sins. They are sins for which I would not want to give account at the judgement bar of God. They are sins that, apart from the atoning death of Christ for me, would send me to eternal hell. And, if God operated on the basis of merit instead of grace in this life, they are sins that would forfeit all blessing from Him. In short, those “refined” sins are very troublesome.
So when I read that God will never count against me my selfishness, my pride, my impatience, and so on, I wept for joy. I stopped reading and uttered a prayer of deep, heartfelt thanksgiving to God for His gracious forgiveness.
I also love my new discovery of the Williams New Testament translation that Bridges highly recommends. I ordered me a copy from Amazon.