FREE FROM GUILT
Guilt is something many deal with because of the things they have done wrong in life. Guilt can cause people to turn to many sources other than the one source that can truly help them. Many turn away from God believing that He could never forgive them for their “sin”. Many drown their guilt in alcohol and drugs. Some become workaholics, thinking that if they work harder perhaps God would care for them. Some become hateful over what has happened and withdraw from everything that represents God. Many even say they hate God because he didn’t keep them from doing what caused the guilt. The truth of the matter is when we fail in life we should run to God immediately. He is always waiting for us with open arms to forgive us for our failures, which is sin. God does not want you to live in guilt and be bound by what has happened to you in the past. In fact, when you ask him to forgive you, the sin is washed away. It is as if he went back to where it happened and blotted it out. The scriptures tell us that he blots out all of our iniquities. What an awesome thing to realize that God takes it out of the record book to never be remembered any more. If God forgives and wipes it away then any guilt you are feeling comes from the one that hates you—Satan. He will always try to torment you with your past. He wants you to dwell on your failures and stay bound up by them. God, on the other hand tells us that he sets us free. We once were on the auction block of sin, sold out to Satan, with no hope. When we asked Jesus into our lives, he paid for our sin, and bought us back from the sin slave market. We now can walk in truth and grace. The Apostle Paul instructs us to forget those things that are behind and press on. If anyone could have felt guilt, he did. He had Christians murdered and destroyed because of their faith. When he received Christ as Savior everything changed. He realized like you and I that he had to let the past go. Using his example is a great lesson for us. If he could let go and be used by God in spite of his past, you and I can also. So, let the past be buried and don’t go grave digging! Walk in the newness of forgiveness that God so freely offers you, free of guilt, and share that good news with someone else!