“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:11:21.
God has reconciled the world to Himself through the death, burial, and resurrection of His son, Jesus. He was the sacrificial Lamb of God that came to take away the sin of the world. The price has been paid for all mankind, even those who will never accept it. No one will be going to hell because they didn’t do enough, or because they had sinned too often. It will be because they rejected this great salvation and refused to believe.
Once you have believed, you are obligated to tell others that they have been freed from sin. This should be great news! But not everyone will appreciate this. Many want to keep their sin. Many more will object that some sins need to be avenged. Grudges must be held. But the Christ we preach died for the ungodly.
A Savior who died for the whole world has consequences beyond our own sin. Our attitude toward the sin of others should make us the bearers of forgiveness and repentance, not accusations and score setting. And accusations are hard to give up. They are the firey darts that make your enemies miserable, and they give you temporal power to inflict pain. But this does not bring reconciliation. It brings a new round of anger and rage until someone finally forgives.