For much of my religious life, I was taught that sin was something to be avoided at all cost. That I must strive for the Christian "perfection" that Jesus demonstrated. All out of my own ability as my due sacrifice to please God. I was so sin-focused, I never saw myself as righteous, nor could imagine myself to be. It was always those in the bible (Paul and the Disciples) that were the only ones righteous.
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death [any sin of the flesh], he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is sin not unto death. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all ... after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.