Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | October 11, 2010

Mistakes and Guilt

In the last two posts, I’ve written about mistakes.

We’ve all made mistakes.

One of the hardest parts of dealing with our mistakes is guilt. We may feel guilty for a way that we’ve hurt others or ourselves. We may regret a bad decision, a cruel word, or a mean act. Feeling guilty means that we’ve seen our mistake for what it was, and feeling guilt can lead us to repent, asking God to forgive us and thanking Jesus for taking the punishment of our sins with His death on the cross.

Once we’ve asked for forgiveness however, we might still struggle with guilt. When we do this, holding on to guilt is no longer about repentance, because we’ve already repented. Now, holding on to guilt has become a tool of the devil to tell us that we are worthless.

God’s Word is so uplifting when we get in this struggle with guilt…we just have to remember to hear it. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If we reject the idea that we can become clean through Jesus, we are rejecting His sacrifice for us. Instead, we can remember the words in 1 John and let go of the guilt. If you allow Him to, Jesus takes all of your guilt away.

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Colossians 3:15a

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