“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-11 (KJV)
There is much talk of “Self-confidence”, and a little of that goes a long way. It is not always good. Too much of it ends in prideful rebellion.
Self-confidence is when you feel good about yourself, your life, your abilities, talents, and “Life style”. The confidence of which Paul the apostle writes is a confidence which comes from knowing God; knowing that He holds you in His hands. Knowing that you are protected from harm; safe under the shelter of His “Wings” as having to do when a hen gathers her chicks for protection from a storm or a fox; or any predator.
The confidence of men; yours and mine; can fail. Our confidence in God can become weak; however when we have been with God, and know His heart we can trust Him through every trial and tribulation we enter and we can endure to the end.
As Christians we are confident that if we die we will be at home with Jesus for all eternity. If we live we live unto the Lord. We know also that there will come a day when; as Christians; we will stand before the “Judgment seat of Christ” and we will give account of all the things we have done here on earth in our bodies. What has been done for the glory of the Lord will stand the judgment; what has been done for ourselves will burn in fire.
Because we know the “Terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” The terror of the Lord is that He hates sin. The sin debt was paid in full by the blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son, on the cross. In His burial He carried away the guilt, condemnation, and power of sin. In His resurrection He proved to all to be whom He said He is – the eternal Son of God. Our Savior. Our Redeemer. Our Lord.
If your refuse Him you will pay for your own sins; whether you believe you have sinned or not. Trust Christ and be saved.