Did you know one of the things that can paralyze us emotionally is guilt? What about you? Do you constantly feel guilt? If so, I have to tell you – you need to be free from it. Guilt saps you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
When it comes to guilt, the best way to avoid it is simply to do what you know is right. But when you don’t (and we all make mistakes), you first need to confess your sin to God with a genuine desire to get things right. I promise that when you pursue the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ, with an attitude of seeking to get things right, it will free you of guilt. He wipes the slate clean.
Second, seek forgiveness from those you have wronged. Make restitution.
Third, forgive yourself. For most of us, this is the biggest struggle of all, but you should recognize that when God has forgiven you, you can forgive yourself. He wants you to forgive yourself.
Fourth, don’t confuse forgiveness with the removal of consequences. God forgives immediately, but we all have to deal with the consequences of our sin.
The good news is that you can be free of guilt when you seek to get things right – God’s way.