No Longer Guilty

Guilty is one of the most polarizing words in all of the English language. This is because we see it’s dramatic implications in our lives.  The thought of being guilty in an earthly court will often bring fear and trepidation to a person.  The scary reality is that we’re all guilty, not merely in an earthly court or at least I hope not, but with a heavenly court, because of our rebellion against God (see Romans 3:19).  This probably will not come as a surprise to you, because your conscience already bears witness to your sin. That is, God has instilled in us the feeling of guilt when we do something wrong.  This guilt can become so strong that it drives many of us to suppress this guilty feeling in order that we will be able to cope with our sin.  Many people will look for the remedy to their guilt.  This quest to remedy their guilt might lead them to different tactics, such as good works or inflicting pain on themselves in order to remedy the guilt in their lives.  All of these tactics will come up empty, no amount of good works or self-induced suffering can make up for our guilt.  The only one equipped to acquit us of our guilt is the one who took our guilt upon himself on the cross. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. This truth has major implications in our lives, in that, not only has Jesus taken our guilt upon himself, but we no longer have to live in guilt.  If we’re going to live truly consistently with this truth we must never hesitate to approach God regardless of the guilt we feel because of our sins: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:8. Often there is a tendency among Christians to hide their sins from God because of the deep guilt and shame that they feel. This can be a huge stumbling block to many Christians. The role of guilt in the Christian’s life is to draw us closer to God, not away. We as Christians should approach God in repentance, but also with the knowledge that we are no longer guilty: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1.

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