I used to believe that guilt was holy in a way. It showed that I knew what Jesus was asking of me in a moment or that I knew something I should’ve done or been, and I regretted not being/seeing/doing that.
Maybe it’s guilt over not being the best daughter you can be. Or brother, wife, husband, friend, sister, etc.
Maybe it’s those words you said about a coworker in the heat of the moment that you didn’t mean and can’t take back.
Maybe it’s your lack of intentionality with your quiet time. You feel His tug and you’ve ignored it.
Maybe it’s that you’re giving 90% at work and you know you have more to give.
Maybe it’s that you’ve given up on a dream that He planted in your heart years ago. You walked away before it was time.
Maybe it’s your past mistakes, addictions, struggles, family issues, financial instability, etc. It’s like you walk around with the skeletons clinking on your back and you wonder why you feel stuck.
Friends, guilt is not of Jesus. This kind of guilt that paralyzes us from progress because it’s so busy shaming us, reminding us of all the ways we’ve fallen short. Guilt is that jealous friend, telling you that you don’t deserve the gifts you’ve been given, and does everything it can to convince you to live in the shadows.
“You aren’t worthy”, it says. It’s goal is that you may live and make decisions with grief as your banner and regret as your fuel.
But guilt has forgotten about our grace— the overwhelming, all-encompassing, unconditional grace of Jesus that is completely ours for the taking and the living. The grace that penetrates every bit of our souls, covers all of our shortcomings, and paves the way for an abundant life again.
Guilt has only one purpose— that our hearts may live grieved and broken, forgetting the hope of grace. It wants us to stay where we are, because what happens if we realize we don’t belong in those shackles?
Conviction is of our King, but guilt? It has no place. He tells us to return to Him, confess, and move onward. Why would He want us to take up residence in the past when He died so that we can live in the present and hope for our future?
Let it go. Let your guilt go & cling to His grace.
“‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ ” says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’”. -Isaiah 1:18
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” -2 Corinthians 5:17