Many people struggle with constant guilt and self-condemnation for their past actions. Most of us wish we could correct the mistakes we’ve made, but we can’t. What’s done is done. All we can do is learn from the past and avoid repeating the same errors in the future.
I have to admit that I have plenty of reasons to feel guilty for my own past.
Before I accepted Christ, I did some pretty terrible things (I think we all have). But after I was saved and spiritually born-again, I repented before God almighty and all these past sins were forgiven. My slate was washed clean, and I began living a new life in Christ. Behold, the old life is now a thing of the past and all things have become new.
I received the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit that guides me each and every day to do what is right, instead of what is wrong, to make good choices in my new life, and avoid the wrong choices I was so inclined to make in my former life. I can sincerely say, that since I accepted Christ my life has radically changed for the better. If you are a Christian, I’m sure you can say the same thing about yourself. If not, then maybe you are not really saved at all.
Does that mean that Born-Again Christians can no longer sin?
Of course not. We can still sin and make poor choices if we choose to, but we no longer have to. Sin has no more power over us. And when we do sin, we know what to do: Confess and ask God to forgive us once again, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of all unrighteousness.
Sometimes, however, we try to hang on to our guilt and self-condemnation. We feel like God is angry with us, when He is not. It is usually Satan, our enemy, who is playing with our thoughts and emotions in this manner. Your heart and mind is one of his favorite targets. He shoots the flaming arrows of guilt and shame at us, with the intent of keeping us down.
* Is from Satan
* Looks to Self
* Makes Us Believe We Can’t Change
* Leads to Old Identity
* Ends in Despair
So, how do we fight back against these satanic attacks? The Book of Ephesians tells us to take up the Shield of Faith and extinguish these fiery missiles (thoughts of guilt and self-condemnation) and prevent them from having any influence over us. We must remind the devil that “there is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” We are now children of the Most High God, and Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the penalty of sin and death.
It is written.
In the wilderness, when Jesus was attacked by Satan with temptations and lies, Jesus fought back by reminding the devil, “It is written, it is written, it is written.” We also need to fight back with God’s Word. Next time you are attacked with guilt and self-condemnation, resist the devil and remind him that God loves you, you have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, and there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
– Luis Josephus
“ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
” But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9
” In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:16
” So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1
” Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God…” – 1 Peter 3:18