We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
1 John 3:19-20
You Can Live Guilt-Free
Do you struggle with guilt? Do you often feel condemned? Because of the blood of Jesus, you can live guilt-free.
For many Christians, Guilt is a way of life. When they pray, they feel overwhelmed by a sense of guilt and shame. Every time a service opportunity comes along, they feel unworthy for God to use them. They live a frustrated Christian life because they have never gotten past the guilt of their past sins.
Guilt vs Conviction
Many people confuse their guilty feelings with God’s conviction.
Here are some thoughts to help you understand how guilt works in your life.
First, it is true; sometimes, we feel guilty because we are. When we sin, the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts about that sin to bring about repentance. We must understand that the Holy Spirit reminds us of a sin so we can repent and live in victory over it. God convicts us for a purpose; to bring about a change in our life.
Once we confess and repent of that sin, God never brings it up again. God removes our sin as far as the east is to the west. (Ps. 103:12)
Feelings vs The Holy Spirit
The problem begins when you start listening to your feelings instead of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes you have a hard time forgiving yourself. Too often, you watch reruns of your past sins and mistakes and feel guilty. You ask forgiveness again and again, but nothing seems to happen. Because of this, you feel unworthy, unloved, and condemned. This is false guilt.
False guilt is a tool Satan uses to keep you beaten down and ashamed. When you experience guilt or conviction, and there is nothing you can do about it; it’s false guilt. When you confess your sin, but you still feel condemned, it’s false guilt.
Satan uses this false guilt to make you feel ashamed and condemned. You don’t move forward in your walk with the Lord because your false guilt is always before you.
God desires for you to live a guilt-free life by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you sin, you repent, receive forgiveness, and move forward in your Christian life.
Look at that promise again.
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. – 1 John 3:19-20
Make this confession.
In Jesus Christ, I am free from guilt and condemnation.
I understand that sometimes my heart condemns me.
I will listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice over what my heart says.
I live guilt-free because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
In Jesus Name,
You can live guilt-free because your sin has been forgiven. When Satan whispers in your ear about your past sins, remind him that God has taken your sin and placed it as far as the east is from the west.
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Are you living in guilt and shame, in the power of the Holy Spirit? Share your answer in the comments below.