Do you ever feel guilty? I think we all do. There is real guilt, the kind that makes us feel guilty because, in fact, we are guilty! The remedy for that guilt, for the believer in Christ, is to confess (agree with God) our sin and move on, forgetting about it, and turning in a new direction. Jesus said, “If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (Romans 8:36) I believe that freedom from guilt is part of what Jesus is talking about here.
Then there is the false guilt, the vague guilt, or the guilt inflicted upon us, not by God, but by a human being who has no right to condemn us. That guilt is to be rejected completely and quickly. For nothing makes us more ineffective as a Christian as this vague, ever hanging-over-our-heads guilt!
But how? It grabs us, haunts us, smothers us. And it most certainly quenches any sparkle in our spirit and in our countenance.
I know someone whose main mode of communication is guilt manipulation, and though I have communicated with her about this, she can’t seem to help herself. I was recently in her presence for about an hour, and I felt beat up when I left!
The only remedy for false guilt is to think and meditate on what God says is true. So I’m going to share with you some truths to think about, and even memorize, when guilt seeks to rob you of the freedom that Jesus died to give you!
Romans 8:1 is a verse that has been like a life preserver thrown to me while in a stormy sea of engulfing and drowning guilt. It says simply,
“There is therefore, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”
Simple. But so powerful when we believe it.
Following is a passage from Romans 8 translated in The Message. Read it thoughtfully and take your time, because so often the reason we feel guilty is because we don’t realize who we are, and what has been done for us:
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way!
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