For years, I had been given over to a guilt complex. Not for any one thing. Just for all kinds of things. I would take responsibility for situations that were not even mine to take on. I would ask for forgiveness for something, yet eat my guilt away in Hostess products. I prayed for it to go away, but I couldn’t overcome it.
It took me decades to realize that it wasn’t my job to overcome anything. He’d already done that for me on the cross. When I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, I became white as snow, no matter how scarlet my past had been because of my own or others’ sin. I’m a new creation! I wish I could say I remember this every second of every day, but sometimes I need reminding. Like today.
Not only has He overcome the somethings and someones in my past, but He’s doing the same in my present, if I’ll allow Him. God’s used this song to help me remember this, playing it in my mind over and over again. I know He wants it to be a permanent set of lyrics etched into my memory.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain,
that is, His body, and since we have a great priest
over the house of God,
let us draw near to God with a sincere heart
in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us
from a guilty conscience
and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:19-23 (NIV)
No guilt. Not today. When the thought of my sinfulness or regrets overwhelm me, I go to the One who has already forgiven me. Who gives me help to turn from my wretched thoughts and actions. I will not bask on the waters of self-righteous, self-pitying, self-condemning guilt. I’ll put my trust in His powerful, loving salvation instead.
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