Romans 8:1 (NKJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
We have all made mistakes. Sometimes, we are overtaken by events that encourage us to behave in ways that we later come to regret. Sometimes, even when our intentions are honorable, we make errors in judgment that have long-lasting consequences. When we look back at our actions with remorse, we may experience intense feelings of guilt. I wonder have you experienced this? But God has an answer for the guilt that we feel. That answer is His forgiveness.
Sometimes, long after God has forgiven us, we may continue to withhold forgiveness from ourselves. Instead of accepting God’s mercy and accepting our past, we may think far too long and hard about the things that “might have been,” the things that “could have been,” or the things that “should have been.”
Are you tormented by feelings of guilt, even after you have received God’s forgiveness? Are you still struggling with painful memories of mistakes you made long ago and sometimes mistakes recently? Are you focused so intently on yesterday that your vision of today is clouded?
If so, there’s still work to be done-spiritual work. You should ask your Heavenly Father not for forgiveness (He granted that gift the very first time you asked Him!) but instead for acceptance and trust: acceptance of the past and trust in God’s plan for your life.
Point to ponder: Stop doing the things that make you feel guilty: How can you expect not to feel guilty if you should feel guilty? (Acts 26:20) Ask God for forgiveness. When you ask for it, He will give it. (1 John 1:9)
Quote: Franklin Graham “Guilt is a gift that leads us to grace”.
Pastor James Baker, Jr.