Romans 6:23(NLT), “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Last week I wrote about the dangers of sin, the power of the cross, and how sin no longer has rule and reign over us once we accept Jesus as our Savior. According to His promise in 1 John 1:9, He is faithful to forgive us of our sins when we repent. Here is a link to last week’s post if you would like to read it: But the Gift of God is Eternal Life (part 1)
Even though God forgives us of our sins, we sometimes struggle to forgive ourselves. Guilt and shame may haunt us, making it seem difficult to move on.
So how do we deal with this?
Romans 8:1-2 (NLT), “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
Forgiving ourselves can be a process, and like any other process it takes time. Guilt and shame will always pull us back and leave us feeling like we don’t deserve to have God’s best for our lives. That is exactly what the enemy wants us to believe, that we don’t deserve God’s best and that He could never truly forgive us for the sins we have committed. It helps to remember these verses:
Matthew 27:45-46 (NIV), From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
Although God the Father was One with His Son, He cannot be in the presence of sin. When all went dark and Jesus cried out to God, this was the point when God turned from Jesus because He had taken on the sins of the world. He died for YOU and ME. When we walk in guilt and shame, we are still attempting to carry the sins that our Savior Jesus already carried for us. No matter how much we “punish ourselves” by holding on to what we did, it still can’t top what Jesus Himself already did for us. There are no amount of good works we can do that will compensate for our sins. He already did the “Good Work” that needed to be done while He was at Calvary.
I pray you will rest in His forgiveness and also know that He wants you to forgive yourself. When you feel guilt and shame, pray and ask God to help you. Then remember how Jesus cried out on the cross as He took on our sins. There is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus. He does not condemn you, so you do not have to condemn yourself.
You Are Free!