Wednesday, June 1, 2011

No More Guilt!!!

I have heard a lot of people say, “I feel so guilty!”  I have said it myself many times.  Guilt is something most all of us struggle with.  For example, if you are a mom, you feel guilty if you do somethingfor yourself.  If you are a wife, you might feel guilty for doing something with your girlfriends.  If you are a working mom, you feel guilty for being away from your kids.  If you are trying to eat healthy or lose weight, and that ice cream starts calling your name and you indulge, you feel guilty. You get the point… GUILT! Where does that feeling of guilt come from?

First of all guilt is not from God!  If you are a Believer your guilt was covered at the cross… your shame was covered by our Father… we are covered by His extravagant love!  (Romans 8:10) When you think about that how can you not be in wonder???  That should make us want to experience more of God.  We need to be in God’s Word everyday to remember, see, and believe His awesomeness every day!

In 2 Peter 1, Peter is writing about the virtues of a Believer.  Through Jesus Christ’s divine power we have been given all things to live a godly life… He has called us to glory and virtue!  By being in God’s Word we are shown His “exceeding great and precious promises.”  Through this we have His divine nature to escape the corruption and lusts of the world.

In verses 5-7, I love that he gives us the pattern for living with virtue… “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”

We can know these things and be established in His Truth, but we still need to be reminded… like it says in verse 12, do not be neglectful to help others to remember.

Even if you have not yet become a Believer in Jesus Christ, your guilt has been covered at the cross, and to have your guilt and shame lifted off of you all you need to do is repent of your sins and accept Him as your Savior.  In Romans 10:9-13 it says, If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”… They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Lord, I thank You that You have given us all we need to live a life that will give You glory.  I pray we would remember it is only through Your Son we have what it takes to live a righteous life.  Help us not to carry guilt over things we do not need to carry. Thank You for covering our guilt with Christ’s blood that we can take part in Your divine nature.  I pray we will choose to live a life free from the tangles of shame and regret.  I pray we will always be ready to repent from our sin so the enemy is not able to use our guilt to keep us where he wants us.  I thank You for Your amazing love that pulled us out of our guilt into a new life in You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

~Rejoicing in Truth~

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