When you stand one day before God, to give account of yourself, and God asks if you are guilty of sin, what will you say? Guilty as charged! Or will you please not guilty? Let me into a secret! If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then the correct answer will be “Not guilty!”
Guilt is defined as “remorse or self-reproach caused by feeling that one is responsible for a wrong or offence”. Another definition is “the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law”.
1 Corinthians 1:7-8 says … “our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Our conscience is what condemns us and makes us feel guilty. But there are two aspects to guilt which I have touched on above. One is the feeling of guilt, whether or not we are guilty. The other is the state of being guilty, because we have violated some or other law or agreement.
Satan will do everything he can to make you feel guilty. In fact one of the hardest things for Christians is to deal with guilt. The reason is that our conscience condemns us, but we read in Romans that “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”. God’s Word declares that there is no condemnation, if you walk after the Spirit. In other words if you follow Jesus and have been born again! So any time you “feel” guilty about past sin, remind yourself what the Word says – you are not guilty. Why not? Because Jesus took your guilt for you! He took your sins and also your guilt and responsibility for those sins.
In the verse above in 1 Corinthians, we see that we are guiltless and we will be so until the day of the Lord. Dealing with guilt must be done with scripture and must not be based on feelings. We have to learn to confess the Word more and more. It is the Word of God that brings freedom. Jesus came to set us free from guilt and sin. When we refuse to let go of our guilt, we make light of the forgiveness we have received. It is like a slap in the face of God.
The fruit of the Spirit is peace. You cannot have peace when you are racked with guilt. If you truly understand grace, you will accept that Jesus took it all – the sin, the guilt and the punishment for everything we have ever done wrong or ever will do wrong. We have so much to be grateful for. We can walk free from guilt. I hope this piece today will help someone with their feelings of guilt. Be free in Jesus name!