Ephesians 2:13 (NKJV)
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the Blood of Christ.
Two lines of a Keswick hymn are always with me at this time of year:
The Cross now covers my sin,
The past is under the Blood.
Nothing can ever make these words of none effect. They are mighty to comfort the soul and to set it on its way humble and yet strong.
Looking back there is so much to grieve over. We can see nothing at all in ourselves to praise, but so much in our Saviour. His patients has never failed. He has never given up hope for us. There is something very heartening in this. All that we see as sin, He sees, He saw, and far, far more, But, “Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed,” (Psalm 139:16) so nothing in me can surprise Him out of loving me, there is wonderful comfort in that. The Cross covers, the Blood cleanses, and His eternal Love will keep that which we have committed unto Him.