Jesus - Hope for Guilt
Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Can you remember the last time you made a mistake and had to deal with the emotion of guilt? One of my favorite stories to share took place when I was in high school. I grew up in a home with two older brothers, which means "rough housing" took place on a pretty consistent basis. One day, as one of my bothers and I were taking part in said "rough housing," things took a drastic turn for the worse and let’s just say things ended with a massive whole in one of our basement walls that was approximately the size of my brothers torso…
Mom and Dad were going to flip out! Unless they didn’t find out… So, we came up with this ingenious plan to use thumb tacks and a massive blanket to cover our mistake. And much to our surprise, the plan worked for a few weeks! But eventually our parents discovered the gaping whole in their wall and my brother and I were forced to fess up and make a full confession; and believe me, there was restitution to be paid.
Isn’t it interesting that in moments when we feel guilty, our first instinct is to cover it up the problem and make sure nobody finds out what we have done. We do our very best to avoid facing the consequences of our actions. I love what the bible has to say about guilt because it teaches us to not run from it and to actually embrace it and quickly seek reconciliation and by doing so, we get to experience freedom. Romans 8 reminds us that we don’t need to carry the guilt because we are in relationship with Jesus! So, the next time you are tempted to live in guilt because of what you’ve done, remember our confession before God is what frees us from the burden of guilt.
By: Pastor Kaleb