“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” – Psalm 51:2-3
Guilt can cause us to become emotionally paralyzed. Have you ever experienced this in your life – feeling constant guilt for your mistakes, past failures, or even just personal weaknesses? If so, I have to tell you – you need freedom from it. Why? Guilt saps you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
So, how do we find freedom from the guilt plaguing our lives?
Avoid it or Confess It. The best way to avoid guilt is simply to do the right thing. (Oftentimes, this is much easier said than done.) However, when you do mess up (which we all do), confess your sin to God. When you pursue God’s forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ, with a genuine desire to get things right, it will free you of guilt. The slate is wiped clean.
Reconcile with Others. Next, seek forgiveness from those you’ve wronged. Make restitution.
Forgive Yourself. For most of us, this is the biggest struggle of all. Remember, that when God has forgiven you, you can forgive yourself. God wants you to forgive yourself.
Accept the Consequences. Don’t confuse forgiveness with the removal of consequences. God forgives immediately, but we all have to deal with the consequences of our sin.
The good news is that you can be free of guilt when you seek to get things right – God’s way.