Guilty conscience robs us of peace. If you struggle with shame, you will also need to re-condition or re-program your feelings and thoughts about yourself.
It’s only the devil and their agents that want to kill you, steal from you and destroy you. Those are the facts, and while we may understand them, we may still feel guilty.
Many Christians struggle under a crushing sense of shame because of their past sins. They just can’t let it go. God’s forgiveness does seem too good to be true.
After all, our fellow human beings don’t forgive us But God is not like us. His forgiveness of our sins washes us completely clean in the blood of Jesus, He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
(Psalm 101:12) Once we have confessed our sins to God and repented, or “turned away” from them, we can rest assured God has forgiven us. We have nothing to feel guilty about.
It’s time to move on. Feelings are not facts. Just because we still feel guilty does not mean we are. We have to take God at his word when he says we are forgiven.
Free of Guilt Now and Forever, The Holy Spirit, who lives inside every believer, convicts us of our sins and instills a healthy sense of guilt in us until we confess and repent. Then God forgives immediately and fully.
Our guilt over forgiven sins is gone. Sometimes we get mixed up, though. If we still feel guilty after our sins have been forgiven, that’s not the Holy Spirit speaking but our own emotions or Satan making us feel bad.
We don’t need to bring up past sins and worry that they were too terrible to be forgiven. God’s mercy is real and it is final: “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. (Isaiah 43:25)
How can we get over these unnecessary guilt feelings? Again, the Holy Spirit is our helper and comforter. He guides us as we read the Bible, revealing God’s Word so we can grasp the truth.
He strengthens us against attacks by satanic forces, and he helps us build an intimate relationship with Jesus so we trust him fully with our life.
Remember what Jesus said. If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32) The truth is that Christ died for our sins, setting us free of guilt now and forever.
The accusations of satan is real, the attack of the devil is real, but the forgiveness Jesus gave us and our victory in Christ Jesus is realer.