Getting Rid Of A Guilty Conscience
I’ve often said satan makes us feel guilty, but God makes us feel convicted. What’s the difference? Conviction is when we know something needs to change in our heart or life. Conviction can lead to a much needed positive change. Feeling guilty just pure leaves miserable over things. It’s when you just beat yourself up over and over again because of past decisions that you can do nothing about in the present. Well, there is one thing you can do which I’ll explain in a moment.
First, let me tackle this positive thing called conviction. God’s spirit and word convicts us when things need to be dealt with in our hearts. God points out when our attitude towards someone or something needs to change. God convicts us when we’re settling for far less than His best in our everyday life and relationships. God convicts us not to just to condemn us, but to reroute us towards Himself. We’re all natural sinners so there are many times God must convict us so that we can find freedom from our sin. So our eyes can be opened to the truth and so we can fully experience His love, grace, and fellowship in a much deeper way.
Satan’s only goal is to make us feel guilty and miserable. He knows if he can keep us bound by our past regrets he can deny us of present peace. If we don’t have peace in the present we can’t move forward towards a future. Satan doesn’t want you to know your past is forgivable. He doesn’t want you to know that God loves you despite anything you have of have not done. That all you’ve got to do is genuinely asked God to forgive you of your sins and He will. That God will not only forgive you of your sins, but He won’t hold any of your past against you. You can be totally washed clean because of Jesus’s sacrificial blood on that cross for you. You no longer have to live in guilt or shame. But, in Christ you become a new creation, a spiritually reborn child of God, and someone who no longer has to be haunted by your past sins.
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John 1:9)
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)