Guilt is like a disease. It eats away at you piece by piece until it’s worn you down and you can’t bear it anymore. It’s one of those things you can’t control no matter how hard you try and distract yourself from it.
Guilt is one of those things that means different things to different people. One person can make a massive mistake and carry no guilt, while others make the smallest mistake and carry guilt for years. Even after we’ve already been forgiven, we continue to carry this guilt with us.
If your guilt is due to you not seeking forgiveness or not admitting to something you’ve done, I encourage you to lay it all out on the table. This type of guilt is the worst and will be so much better once you seek forgiveness. God already knows every detail about our lives. It just takes our confession to begin the healing process, in which we forgive ourselves!
Aside from the type of guilt mentioned above, we often build up guilt after the fact. We’ve already been forgiven, we’re just waiting to forgive ourselves.
Isaiah 1:18 says, “’Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
These are the words of the Lord! He tells us that our sins are as white as snow even though they are as red as crimson. It’s hard for me to even wrap my head around that! I am so grateful for a God who is as forgiving as he is, and loves me endlessly despite my flaws and mistakes.
One of the most comforting verses that addresses guilt is Psalm 103:12. It says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” And in Hebrews 8:12, Jesus says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
God casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness, no longer holding them against us. If you dive into his Word, you can find so many verses that will provide comfort to you in times of built-up shame or guilt.
Next time you feel guilt slowly starting to creep up on you, lay your feelings at the foot of the cross. God desires so much for his children including being able to let go of the past. God already forgives you, so what are you holding on to?
Make a list in your prayer journal of things you want to lay at the foot of the cross. No matter how big or small, write it down. Create a prayer you can read when these feelings start to come up again. Write, pray, forgive, repeat until you no longer carry the guilt you once had!