This year one of my goals on this blog is to write a series of blogs over the course of a few weeks. Let’s say this is my version of the traditional Wednesday night Bible study. Not all of the material will be original, but gathered from a plethora of sources I have gathered over my time in ministry.
The first series will be on how God can restore your soul. God does this when you allow him to make three changes in your life. The first one we will look at tonight: God can restore your soul when you allow him to remove your guilt.
Nothing destroys a soul faster than guilt. Psalm 38: 4 and 6 states, “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden to heavy to bear. I am brought down and bowed down and brought low; all day long I go about mourning.”
We all have reasons to feel guilty. We are all imperfect. We all make mistakes. So by nature we carry guilt in our lives. Plus, you can’t get away with guilt. Even if you move to the North Pole you will still have your guilt.
So, how do you deal with guilt?
You can deny it and pretend it doesn’t exist.
You can minimize it.
You can compromise it by lowering your standards.
You can rationalize your guilt. (No, everybody doesn’t do it!)
You can blame other people.
You can beat yourself up on how horrible you are too.
None of these things work.
Romans 3:23-24 has the answer, “All of us has sinned… yet God declares us not guilty IF we trust in Jesus Christ, who in mercy freely takes away our sins.” Many of us have heard that before but really don’t believe it. When we trust in Jesus and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins (or have been) everything you’ve ever done wrong has been paid for, and you are set free from your guilt.
How do we gain forgiveness? By trusting in God and the work of God on the cross of Jesus Christ. How does God forgive? Colossians 2:13-14, “He has forgiven ALL your sins. He has utterly wiped out the evidence of broken commandments which always hung over our hearts, and completely annulled it on the cross.” I believe the key word is ALL in that sentence. God has taken ALL your sins away! Isn’t that wonderful God has given this gift against the guilt in your life!
Jesus was nailed to the cross so you could quit nailing yourself to the cross. Let God remove your guilt.