I’ve noticed that some people after hearing the preaching in church go on a guilt trip. Trust me, it’s not a pleasant trip at all. You need to get off that trip and instead hold the hand of Jesus and walk with him.
Guilt is associated with legalism while grace is associated with the Gospel. You need grace and not guilt. Now its normal to realize that sin doesn’t make God happy, so you can acknowledge that things did go wrong. What is not right is that once you’ve confessed your sin to the Lord Jesus you keep dwelling in the region of guilt. Because you are now called to live in the region of faith along with Jesus to guide you by the Holy Spirit.
It may have been that you’ve done the worst of the worst crimes such as terrorism or heresy. You are totally aware of the consequences of your bad actions therefore. You know its very difficult to undo the effects of some of the worst crimes. There’s still hope for you. All you need to do give up the burden of your sins and guilt unto Jesus the Son of God and believe that he will and can forgive your sins. Jesus on the cross took upon himself all the sins of the world, therefore by this you can approach him for forgiveness of your sins. Don’t worry for he came not for the righteous but instead for the sinners.
Try to reflect on the following scriptures:-
- Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
- For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12)
- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us (1 John 1:9)
- He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)
- There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
- For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
- For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Let me reiterate, when Jesus shed his blood by dying on the cross he took upon himself all of your sins. Guilt comes due to sin. As your sin is dealt with by the Lord’s finished work on the cross then the power of guilt is taken away. Therefore, you need not carry on with feelings with guilt over your sins. Instead hold the hand of the savior of the world Jesus Christ and be happy in him.