We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. -Oswad Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Dec. 8
I've been getting this message from many directions lately, though the first sentence here sums it up quite nicely. We Christians are totally and completely forgiven for our sins because of the work of Christ. How freeing!