Did you know that if you’re a child of God, there is no condemnation that comes from God. Nothing you have ever done, or will do, can’t be covered by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. So why do we sometimes live with guilt and fear of past mistakes?
Do you ever beat yourself up or struggle with guilt after making mistakes?
I make a lot of mistakes when it comes to work. Often the mistakes come when I haven’t planned well or I am rushing to get work done. Then, because I haven’t paid attention to all the details I slip up. Then the thoughts start:
- “You should know better.”
- “You’ve failed.”
- “You never get things right.”
- “You let everyone down.”
- “Why do you always forget the details?”
- “You’re a disappointment to God.”
After this conversation with myself, I”m not feeling too great. These lies have weighed me down. The guilt hangs on me like a heavy millstone. I feel myself slipping away from God, too ashamed to be in His presence.
I forget the most important thing:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1
Freedom Through Christ’s Sacrifice
We’ve gained our freedom from condemnation through Christ’s sacrifice. He put himself on the Cross because He loves us and wanted to take the weight of our sin away. That weight is eternal suffering and separation from God.
Since we’re children of God, when we repent of our sins, He promises to forget it. It’s as if the sin never occurred. So when we choose to continue to dig up that sin or feel guilty about it after receiving God’s forgiveness, we are basically saying that our sins are too big for the Cross.
Nothing is bigger than the Cross.
God knows we’re human. He knows we’re going to mess up. Yet He loves and forgives us anyway.
No Condemnation Comes from God
When you’re unable to forgive yourself, remember that no condemnation comes from God. God convicts our hearts when we sin, but offers love, forgiveness and ways to change. Any lasting guilt and shame you’re feeling comes from Satan. We have an accuser, an enemy of our soul who seeks to destroy us through false accusations, shame and guilt. When you’re struggling with this, you’re being attacked friend.
When those attacks come against you,fight back with truth.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103 NIV
Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
When guilt comes, remember: You are loved. You are chosen. You are forgiven.