God’s Encouraging Word…
When I am Burdened with Guilt
Megan’s past weighed heavily on her conscience. She lived under a soul-crushing conviction that the death of her nine-year-old daughter was the way God paid her back for her terrible life choices.
Nick resigned to live the rest of his life in despair. His wife had begged him to get help for his alcoholism through their entire marriage. Now she was gone and so was any opportunity to make up for the time he had lost because he was a lousy husband and father. It was too late.
Johnny’s head hung low as he dissolved into tears. When he looked up, he asked, “What kind of person would steal from his own family?” He knew the answer. That’s why he sobbed.
Do you feel guilt? Does it hit you like a wrecking ball when you are confronted with the horrifying truth of how much damage and pain you’ve caused? Does it leave you hopeless because you are faced with the fact that you’re never going to be the person you know you should be? That if there is a God who is holy and perfect and expects the same of his people, then you are a failure and you don’t deserve anything good from him?
You should know something about all those people mentioned above. They all found relief from guilt. They found it in the only place it can be found—in that holy, perfect God who pledges, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
You might think your sins and weaknesses define you. They don’t. Not in God’s eyes. You know how you highlight a phrase and then hit “delete” when you are editing a document? God did that with your sins, that is, all your mistakes and your failures to be kind and love others. He not only doesn’t see them anymore, he doesn’t even remember them. He doesn’t recall the worst things you’ve done or your habitual failings. Your sins not only don’t define you to God, they don’t condemn you to his punishment either.
How is that possible? God loved you with a love so amazing that he charged his Son, Jesus, with your sins and punished him in your place. All of the ways you have sinned or ever will sin have been paid for. They are not on your record or clinging to your identity anymore.
Believe it. In Jesus, you can live unburdened by guilt and with a joyful freedom of forgiveness.