Guilt can lead to destruction
Living in guilt can be devastating to the life God wants us to live. I remember being a young boy and not having anything to really be concerned with or worry about. Until one day, when I left the back gate open on accident and unknowingly let our girl dog out of the backyard. My family lived near a busy highway and our girl dog was a runner, so by the time my mom and I were able to track her down, it was too late.
I felt so much guilt for leaving the back gate open, which ultimately led to losing one of our dogs. That guilt weighed on me for years and actually changed me in ways that I wasn’t prepared for. As I went through adolescence, I struggled with fear and worry. As a result I made some really bad decisions in my teenage years. I was caught up in sin due to a combination of things, such as selfishness and doubt.
Our own sin can certainly lead to guilty feelings, but so can other people’s sins, or even any accidents that may happen.
Let it go
Sometimes we have trouble getting passed our past. It is difficult to move forward when we are constantly thinking about the past. We should stop thinking so much about the past. However, we shouldn’t be too quick to move too far into the future either. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
We should live in the present, trusting God for our future and thanking God for the lessons of our past. Romans 8:1 declares, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” One bad decision can hurt, but it doesn’t have to destroy us. Guilt can often lead us down a dangerous path, when instead of having God’s peace, we try to handle our guilt all alone. Our confidence in Christ’s power to heal us can be so much greater than any feelings of condemnation, if we seek Him.
Whatever the reason for guilt, just let it go. Now that Jesus is in your life, there is no more condemnation.
Stop living in the past and start living in the present. Stop worrying and start praying. Take your concerns to God and ask Him for guidance. Go to His word and seek His truth.
Start living your life in a constant state of forgiveness and repentance. Forgive others and ask for their forgiveness. Ask for God’s forgiveness for your sins and allow His grace to change you into who He wants you to be. Start doing the work that He has for you without .
You are free, so thrive in that freedom that only Christ can offer. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1