We as Christians all struggle with feelings of guilt because of our sins. Though we all know Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins, we still struggle with the feeling of guilt. In Psalm 38:4 David says, “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.”
Our flesh and spirit will always battle each other. Therefore, we all always battle with sin in our lives. In Romans 7:14-20 Paul talks about his struggle with sin and to be honest it’s the same struggle we all have…which causes our feelings of guilt….
We when first accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were overwhelmed by our sins. So we confessed our sins repented and God gave forgave us. David says in Psalm 32:5, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD" - and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
Now we know when become saved, we become new creatures in Christ and old things are SUPPOSED to be passed away, but sometimes we fall to the temptations of our old sin nature. We revert back to our old ways of lying, fornicating, stealing, cussing, partying, drinking, smoking, gossiping and so on….and the feeling of guilt overwhelms us. Like David our sins trouble us-we feel condemned.
So how do we overcome the guilt of our sins. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” The first step in overcoming guilt is to confess your sin to the Lord with your mouth. Not in your heart, confess with your mouth. Psalms 51: 3 says, “For I acknowledge my transgressions.”
After you confess you sin, you need to repent from the sin…ask God for forgiveness and then forgive yourself. Now repent means to turn away from-stop. So we need to ask the Lord to help change the direction of our lives and away from that sin.
Other thing we can do is confess our sins to others and ask them to pray for us. James 5:16, says “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”
Here are some powerful scriptures you can mediate on when you feel guilty:
"We all like sheep, have gone astray, each of us turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22
"He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west. so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:10-12
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7
God knows we are not perfect and we all fall short of the glory. But because of his grace and mercy, he forgives for our transgressions and loves us anyways. The Lord tells us in Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
For it is by God’s grace that we are saved. So never let your feelings of guilt of self-condemnation consume you. Confess your sins, repent, and change your ways.
Today I encourage you to remember that God’s love “covers a multitude of sins”. He knows we still struggle with sin and guilt, but because his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior paid the price for our sins on Calvary-we are forgiven. One of my favorite passages to read in the bible when I consumed with the feeling of guilt is Psalm 51-and I encourage you to read it too.
Today’s Scripture: “If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness.” Psalm 130:3-4