Some people are hindered by a constant sense of guilt, but Romans 8:1–2 tells us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and [its consequence] death” (emphasis added).
“There is now no condemnation” (Romans 8:1). I once spoke at a prayer meeting about Christ freeing us from condemnation.
After the meeting, someone told me, “That word was so important for me. I thought that because I’d done some terrible things…, God wouldn’t want me to be a part of His work any longer. I asked for forgiveness, but I just needed to hear God say, ‘It’s okay. You’re forgiven.’”
Even after some people have been forgiven, they may go to church, worship, and seem happy, but inside they still feel guilty. Their spiritual growth is stunted because they think God holds their sins against them, and they no longer approach Him in faith and perfect love. God has forgiven and forgotten your sin if you have confessed, repented, and believed in the cleansing blood of Jesus. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Guilt sometimes stems from distrust. If you have asked God to forgive you, He has forgiven you. If you still carry around the sin in your heart and mind, your doubt that God really forgave you brings the guilt back to life. Put away your distrust. You can trust God, who is faithful to forgive your sins and cleanse you from unrighteousness. (See 1 John 1:9.)
Father, I can cast off guilt because of Your forgiveness. Help me to trust You always and to realize there is no condemnation because of Jesus Christ. In His precious name, amen.
Thought: Guilt is related to the fear of not being forgiven.
Reading: 1 Chronicles 7–9; John 6:22–44
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)