4 Things God Wants to Do With Your Guilt
The most basic truth of Christianity is this: Jesus Christ paid for my sins on the cross. You must simply ask Him for forgiveness and accept His forgiveness. Your forgiveness is not based on what you do, it's based on His grace, His mercy, His love.
I don't know what you've done. But I do know what Jesus Christ has done. What He's done is greater than what you've done. What He's done can take care of what you've done.
No matter what you've done, you can be forgiven. Some of you may say, "I've asked God to forgive me, but I don't feel forgiven. I don't feel it." That's because you don't understand how God forgives. You may even be a Christian and confessed all your sins, but you still feel guilty over them.
If you feel guilty over a sin you've already confessed, that guilt is not from God. It’s FALSE GUILT. It's from the devil. God doesn't make you feel guilty over things you've already confessed.
Here are four things God wants to do with our guilt:
1. God forgives me instantly.
Isaiah 55:7 "Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
He doesn't say, "I'm going to make you suffer for a little while first." He never makes us wait. When you say, "God, please forgive me" He doesn't say, "Let me think about it." It is instant. There is no delay. No waiting period.
Should a believer ever feel guilty? Yes. For about thirty seconds. That's about how long it takes for you to admit it, accept responsibility for it, ask God to forgive you and accept that forgiveness. There is a myth that says, "If I feel guilty, it makes me a better person." No, it doesn't. It just makes you a miserable person. Another myth says, "I should always feel guilty about something." No, you shouldn't. That's not living under grace.
God forgives instantly.
2. God forgives me completely.
Colossians 2:13-14 "God forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
When Jesus Christ died for your sins, which ones did He die for? All of them. Not just the ones yesterday or today. He's already died for the ones you're going to commit tomorrow. Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross so you can quit nailing yourself to the cross. He forgives completely.
If you've admitted a sin to God and you've confessed to Him and you die and get to heaven and say "About that sin..." He'll say, "What sin? I chose to not remember that one.” The Bible says He takes your sin and puts it in the deepest part of the ocean. I had a Sunday school teacher growing up who use to add “then He puts up a no fishing sign.” He doesn't want you dredging it back up again. He forgives completely. If we don't understand this, then every time something goes wrong in our life we're going to think God's getting even with us. He doesn't do that.
3. God forgives me repeatedly.
Have any of you ever committed the same sin more than once? Do you ever feel embarrassed about coming back to God and asking Him to forgive something you've already asked forgiveness for once before? God does not get bored forgiving you over and over. It's His nature. He is a merciful forgiving God. He loves to forgive.
Heb 7:25 "He (Jesus) lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf."
It's His nature to be forgiving.
4. God forgives me freely.
Ephesians 1:7 "He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins."
Free! Because of God's free grace. You'll never be able to earn it, deserve it. It's just a gift of grace. That's what it is. Because you are a human being, your greatest, single need is forgiveness. Because God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross, His greatest gift to you is forgiveness. What's the secret shame that you've been haunted with? What is your secret shame?
Ps 32:1-2 "Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,"
Don’t hold on to your guilt. Ask God to forgive you. He will. And you will feel the joy of those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt.