Guilt...the miserable feeling inside us when we have done something wrong. We have all been there. We know the feeling.
Many people in the Bible knew the feeling too.
Adam and Eve knew it.
Cain knew it.
Noah knew it.
Abraham knew it.
Moses knew it.
David knew it.
Zacchaeus knew it. T
he woman at the well knew it.
The immoral woman knew it.
The woman caught in adultery knew it.
The man outside the temple knew it.
Peter knew it.
Judas knew it.
Paul knew it.
You know it...I know it.
It's a miserable feeling!
We shake our head in disgust...disbelief in our decisions. We know we are guilty.
Guilt wants to hang around us...accusing us...condemning us. We can't let it hang around...if we do, guilt will beat us down further and keep us down longer. We have to tell guilt goodbye.
How do we tell guilt goodbye?
We tell guilt goodbye by telling grace hello!
We make a decision to hang around with grace and listen to the voice of grace...the voice of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit inside us, telling us everything he has done for us through his death for all of our sins (taking all of our guilt) and his resurrection to bring us life.
Grace tells us we are loved.
Grace tells us we are blessed.
Grace tells us we are justified...not guilty.
Grace tells us we are forgiven.
Grace tells us we are accepted.
Grace tells us we are under no condemnation.
Grace tells us we are innocent.
Grace tells us we are righteous.
Grace tells us we are holy.
Grace tells us we are pure.
Grace tells us we are blameless.
Grace tells us we are at peace.
Grace tells us our worst days are behind us and our best days are before us.
Grace tells us we have a hope and a future.
Grace tells us God is our loving Father.
Yes...guilt is a miserable feeling...it wants to hang out with us, tormenting us...making us more miserable.
It is time to tell guilt goodbye and grace hello!
Grace is a joyful feeling, produced by the Spirit of Jesus in us, reminding us of what Jesus did for us and who we are in God's sight.
It is time to tell grace hello!
So let's say this together...1, 2, 3... "Goodbye guilt, HELLO GRACE!"