Do you operate out of guilt? Is it a big motivating factor in your life? Some of you may feel guilty:
- that you don’t spend enough time with your family
- because of what you ate throughout the day
- for not volunteering at your child’s school
- because of things you’ve done in your past
Guilt is defined as having remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or self-reproach for a supposed inadequacy or wrongdoing.
Simply put… when we sin against God, ourselves or others, we can’t let it go. We feel inadequate. Unworthy. Guilt can paralyze us or even worse, cause us to behave in ways that keep us from realizing who we are in Christ.
But… guilt for our sins has no place in the lives of a Christ-follow because when we surrender in faith to Jesus, we no longer have any legal guilt before God. Let me back that up with scripture…
- “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” (Eph 1:7)
- “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 8:1)
- “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgression from us.” (Ps 103:12)
Guilt is a stronghold that needs to be broken, and has been a problem since the beginning of time.
- It was guilt that caused Adam and Eve to hide when God came looking for them in the garden.
- It was guilt over his adulterous affair the caused David to say, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away from my groaning all day long.“
- It was guilt that caused Isaiah to cry out, “Woe is me for I am a man with unclean lips” when he came into the presence of God.
- When the Pharisees brought the adulterous woman to Jesus and he said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to through a stone at her,” it was guilt that caused the men to drop their stones and walk away.
- It was guilt that caused Judas Iscariot to take his own life after he betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
And unfortunately, guilt continue to plague us even today. So, what are some practical ways we can begin to rid ourselves of this spirit-breaking and spine-weakening stronghold?
- Believe and accept that God has forgiven your sins – past, present, future – through His son
- Continue to confess your sins to both God and others as they happen
- Stop engaging in the blatant sin that is causing those feelings of guilt… turn back to God’s desire for your life
Hear me! God doesn’t want you to walk around in guilt any longer! He wants for you to live a victorious and guilt-free life. Brothers and sisters, because of Christ… you are guilty no more.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
The offer is there… will you take it?