What a great way to start 2014, and letting go of guilt has truly become easier:
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am too hard on myself. God has been working on me in this area for awhile. If we don’t forgive ourselves when God has then we’re saying either we don’t believe him or it’s not enough. Neither are true. Jesus paid that price for our sins, failures, shortcomings, when He died on the cross. When we ask for forgiveness and repent, it’s done. There’s no room or time for guilt. Cast it off! 🙂
This is a tough lesson for perfectionists. I used to be one. I still have the tendencies though. God has been seriously on me about this for a few years. I finally got it a month ago. I don’t even remember what it was about. What I do remember is not understanding why I couldn’t “let go.” Why couldn’t I just believe? I had obviously repented. Well, I realized that I had allowed the devil to beat me up over it. I allowed him to accuse me constantly…especially after God would use me to pray for someone. I started taking those accusations to Jesus. And you know what? The guilt lifted. The accusations went away. I felt free! Of course, every now and then the devil comes back and tries to trap me in the same lies, but I’ve learned to recognize it and I pray against it.
Jesus did not come to this world to condemn it, but to save it. In John 8:3-12, there’s the story of the ‘guilty’ woman:
“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stopped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stopped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, when out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'” (I added emphasis.)
Hallelujah! Cast off your guilt over to Him. He’s not here to condemn you, but save you. Let Him do it.