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Let go of guilt! 5 Scriptures to help you overcome feelings of condemnation

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Article by Corinne Justice // EEW Magazine Spiritual

Share Many of us try to play perfect, and sometimes we don’t realize we’re doing it; that is, until we stumble.

Then we feel guilt, and shame—which is perfectly normal… at first. Until we refuse to let that inner turmoil go. We’ll earnestly repent and seek God’s forgiveness, but we won’t accept it as enough.

Instead of saying, “Okay, I messed up, I’m sorry,” and believing God has forgiven us, we determine to go to church more, and read more of our Word, and do this, and do that. All that is good and dandy, but the motive is wrong. You’re doing it to try and regain perfection you never had, as if you have to make it up to God in some big way before He forgives you.

Condemnation is a terrible thing, a terrible thing to which we are not sentenced. After you’ve messed up, don’t let your thoughts tell you You’re not worthy to be loved by God, and If you were really Christian, you wouldn’t have… Why hold your faults over your head when God doesn’t?

When condemnation tries to sneak up on you with thoughts of guilt, shame, and discouragement, fight back with these 5 scriptures:

Romans 8:1 (ESV)- “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Because you are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), condemnation is not your lot in life. Jesus was punished so that you wouldn’t have to be, so don’t walk around internally suffering for a sin that Christ already paid the price for.

1 John 2:1 (NIV)- “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” Verse 2 of this chapter continues, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” Jesus Christ gave His life for yours, so you don’t have to live in fear of God’s punishment. When we do fall short of perfection, due to our sinful human nature (Romans 3:23), we are covered by His grace, and washed clean by His blood.

Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)- “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” There is no mistake we could make and no sin we could commit that the Lord will not remove, if we come to Him with a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17). When you realize you’ve messed up, and desire to make it right, you’re already in position to receive forgiveness.

1 John 1:9 (ESV)- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The moment you said, “God, I was wrong; please forgive me,” you were forgiven. Just like that, your mistake was put out of His mind, and you were regarded as clean. Your genuine repentance is all God requires to forgive you, not a big show of how holy you are, and how much you deserve His love and forgiveness; because, the truth is, we don’t deserve it. It is due to His grace that our sins are pardoned, and through faith in Jesus that we are counted as righteous.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)- “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Through Christ’s death we were made right with God, and by faith in Jesus we are counted as righteous! You don’t have to be perfect, Jesus died because you’re not. Your salvation was never your doing, God gave it to you, and He’s not going to take it away because you didn’t live up to an impossible standard of perfection. If you veer off the straight and narrow, repent, and accept the gift that is God’s grace in forgiving you. 

We cannot fix our mistakes, or even erase them, but we can keep from committing the same offense over and over again by praying, reading and heeding the Bible, and letting God do the rest. Let His Word strengthen you, let His forgiveness heal you, and let His wisdom and discernment guide you.

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