The gospel is the good news that because God did not spare Christ, He will not spare any omnipotent effort to give us everything that is good for us.
One of the reasons that many Christians seem to have no thrill at being forgiven through the gospel is that they have not been broken hearted over their sin. They have not despared. They have not wrestled with warranted self-loathing. They have not grieve over their sin because of its moral repugnance, but have grieved only because of guilt feelings and threats of hell.
By the death and resurrection of Christ the propitiation of God’s wrath and the forgiveness of our sins and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness became ours by faith alone. God’s anger is removed from him, our guilt is removed from us, Christ’s obedience is counted as ours — this is the effect of Christ being crucified in our place and raised from the dead.
Though it be a deep sorrow for sin that God requires as necessary to salvation, yet the very nature of it necessarily implies delight. Repentance of sin is a sorrow arising from the sight of God’s excellency and mercy, but the apprehension of excellency or mercy must necessarily and unavoidably beget pleasure in the mind of the beholder…. how much soever of a paradox it may seem, it is true that repentance is a sweet sorrow, so that the more of this sorrow, the more pleasure.
Nothing would bless this world more than people who are more like Christ, for in likeness to Christ the world might see Christ.