Each week, as I join my brothers and sisters in a public confession of sin and our particular sins to God in silence, Christ’s ambassador declares that I am forgiven in Christ’s name and on the authority of His Word. Regardless of what I feel inside, God’s external Word assures me that I have peace with God in His Son. This is not a subjective experience – a peaceful, easy feeling – but an objective announcement. And precisely because of its objectivity – the fact that it is announced to me even when I am not overwhelmed by it emotionally – I get the experience of forgiveness thrown in as well.
Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 224