I have recently been asked by several people how to loosen the anxious chains of guilt. There are a number of answers to this question. I must start by saying that there are only two kinds of people in our world – those who know the Savior; and those whom the Savior desires to know. Importantly, both kinds of people can struggle with guilt.
For those who feel they are seeking Christ, it could be that guilt is drawing you into a newfound dependency upon God. You cannot – and did not – manufacture this new interest in Jesus Christ. If your story is like that of so many others, you would have had nothing to do with the Bible only weeks or months ago. But now, it captivates your interest. The interest in God’s Word and your emerging prayer life are not of your own effort: they reveal that God is coming near to you. He is the One who brings the passion of His presence to us. Jesus put it this way: “No man can come to me unless the Father draws him.” (John 6:44)
For those who feel they have already found Christ, it could be that guilt is calling you into a deeper dependency upon what God has already done for you. In Christ, there is no reason to hold onto guilt because His blood was shed for your past, present and future sins. His sacrifice is sufficient to cover your sin. So why does guilt still remain?
When we find ourselves in either of these spaces, what can we do about guilt? The mere presence of it suggests that God is drawing close to us. When this happens, it usually is a signal that God wants to “move us” to a new place where we will be released from guilt. This place may be His presence; or His will; or both.
Join me this week as we seek release from guilt. Until tomorrow, listen to You Move Me by Susan Ashton. Is God moving you?
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