26th JANUARY 2023
How blessed and relieved are those who have confessed their corruption to God! For he wipes their slates clean and removes hypocrisy from their hearts. Psalms 32:2 TPT
The burden of sin is not something God intended for us to bear. To alleviate this burden, He sent His son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. Guilt hinders our intimacy with God and causes us to lose joy in our fellowship with Him. When we feel guilty, we cannot fully receive God’s blessings.
As believers, we should recognize that our sins have already been fully paid for. We may mistakenly think that forgiveness is difficult to attain or that our sins are too terrible to be washed clean. However, 1 John 1:9 reminds us that when we confess our sins, God forgives and purifies us out of His faithfulness and justice. We don’t have to convince Him to forgive us; He forgives willingly.
Although sin brings spiritual death according to the Law, through Jesus, God offers grace and life when we confess and turn away from our sins. We are blessed because our sins are not counted against us. The enemy’s goal is to keep us in bondage to guilt and fear, even after we have received God’s forgiveness.
The enemy uses guilt to push us away from God, making us feel unworthy before Him. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, convicts us of sin so that we can repent. The enemy accuses us and seeks to imprison us with guilty thoughts, but we should remember that the enemy’s ultimate goal is to hinder our intimacy with God. We must not allow guilt to come between our fellowship with God. There is too much love to experience in the bosom of Him who gave His life for you, do not let guilt steal that from you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding us that we are not slaves to guilt and fear and that we can have authentic fellowship with You. We know all that is possible because of Your love for us in Christ Jesus, and in Him, we are forever grateful, Amen.
Further Reading: Proverbs 28:13
Bible In One Year: Genesis [41–44]