By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr
“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12; 10:17; Isaiah 43:25).
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
Guilt is defined as, “The fact or condition of having committed a legal or moral offense. A feeling of remorse arising from a real or imagine commission of an offense. Guilty conduct.”
Bible examples of those who felt guilt after they had sinned and before they were forgiven:
- Adam and Eve – Genesis 3:7-8
- The bad treatment of Joseph by his brothers – Genesis 42:21.
- David because of his sins – Psalm 51.
- Peter after denying Jesus – Matthew 26:75.
- Judas after betraying Jesus – Matthew 27:3-5.
- Those who accused the woman of adultery – John 8:9.
We should have guilt because of sin, but when we obey the Lord and are forgiven we should no longer feel guilt. There is an unnecessary problem after we are forgiven; we fail to forgive ourselves and continue to have unnecessary guilt.
Jesus died for our sins in order that we not die. He took our guilt and death, and gave us righteousness and life.
Jesus paid for our sin with His blood, and offers us salvation as a gift. Will you accept His gift, or must you pay for sins with your soul even though Jesus has already paid for them?
Do you have guilt, or have you accepted God’s forgiveness?