Got Guilt?

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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12 Responses to Got Guilt?

  1. owlhaven says:

    Thanks for this!! SO true.

    Mary

  2. Laury says:

    Guilt – ugh. Such a heavy weight we carry sometimes. Thanks for sharing this song.
    Laury recently posted..Mighty to Save!

  3. Joanne Sher says:

    This song ALWAYS moves me deeply. And what a powerful reminder of my “cleanness.” Thank you.
    Joanne Sher recently posted..Thirst- Word-Filled Wednesday

  4. Kara says:

    I have struggled with guilt most of my life as well, and it’s only been recently that I’ve begun to get a little bit of a grasp of that truth that Christ has already erased it.

    This song never fails to bring me to tears. What a Savior we have.
    Kara recently posted..The Random Dozen Returneth

  5. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

  6. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks, Laury. It’s one of my favs.

  7. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Me too. Thanks for the encouragement, Jo.

  8. LauraLeeShaw says:

    It’s simple to get but difficult to grasp, isn’t it? I’m glad we can encourage one another along the way. Thanks for leaving your feedback, Kara.

  9. Leah Adams says:

    No guilt. Not today! Yea!! So thankful that we have that opportunity and that privilege. I think many, many people really do not understand grace and therefore slog around in guilt and condemnation when they do not have to. Thank you, Jesus for grace.

    Leah

  10. Lisa Shaw says:

    Ok, can you hear me shouting over here LauraLee? I shouted a hearty AMEN!!!!!

    I love you! I think we’re related with our same last names (SMILE).

  11. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Amen, sis! Thanks for the boost!

  12. LauraLeeShaw says:

    No doubt we are related. We have our Father’s eyes. 😉

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