Guilt me no more - Part 1

In my previous post I opened up several different topic trains: denominations, limiting God, and judging other Christians unnecessarily. These are all things that you will see come up in future posts as they affect many aspects of our thinking and behavior as believers. Another thing I will repeatedly harp on is guilt, which brings me to today's post. I drafted and re-drafted this before coming to the conclusion that it needs to be a two-parter. Part 1 will focus on the importance of eliminating the guilt from our own lives. Part 2 will focus on how we may intentionally or unintentionally guilt others. I feel that if we cannot eliminate guilt first then we will always accuse and guilt others, so it's good to think it through in this order.

Guilt. It's something every believer struggles with. As soon as you embrace the concept that we are born sinners, feeling unworthy and guilty becomes like second nature. It's easy. We never achieve perfection on earth, yet we are to strive daily to become more Christlike, a seemingly insurmountable task...all of a sudden everything you do is full of flaws. Humans by nature are selfish, quick to anger, and impatient. I know those are three very major struggles in my life.

Here's the exciting part. Jesus came to FREE us from guilt! When I was going through my divorce, I was receiving Christian counseling. One of the main things we had to work through was how to release guilt from my life. I grew up a people pleas-er and cared very much about others' opinions. This had been such a problem in my life that it went beyond receiving godly advice to feeling some sort of extreme form of subconscious pressure to do what I thought OTHERS thought was right....essentially no longer making my own decisions. It was a long process to get to the point where I can say to myself  "I don't care what others think." The point of this is not to be self-righteous or to make you think I've achieved some extreme enlightenment, but I will tell you, that in my life this was a huge revelation. This has allowed me more confidence in many aspects of my life including my performing abilities with singing. The point is, we should ALL feel this way. Who cares what other people think? If you know what the Bible says and you are firm on your conviction through prayerful consideration then that's first and foremost. There will always be someone who has a different opinion than you - so know what you believe and have peace in your heart about it.

Gal 5:1 
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore
keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

 How often does the Bible talk about being released from our guilt? And how often do we achieve this? I heard something once that has really stuck with me. If you ask God to forgive you, He does.The first time. If we ask over and over and over again it's offensive because He has already done it! Our constant request of forgiveness for something he's forgotten is rude. Why do we do this? Because we cannot forgive ourselves.

Think about it. And learn to let it go. I have been surrounded by so many people consumed with guilt  - and do you know what it does? It turns our focus inward. To our self. We continue to beat ourselves up as the devil giggles with delight that we are currently distracted from doing what we are supposed to do. As Christians, where is our focus to be? On Christ and on others....which leads us to why it so desperately important to watch what you say to fellow believers (in part 2) :-)

Rom 8:1-2
 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life
 has set you free from the law of sin and death.