There are many people in this world who have held on to the guilt from their past mistakes and shortfalls and instead of letting go of it and giving it to God asking for His forgiveness and restoration, they foolishly hold on to the guilt making their life feel like a self imposed prison. What we should all realize is that there are no perfect people. There will never be a time when we will have “finally arrived” where everything will go smoothly in life and we’ll never make another mistake. The Bible says in Job 14:1 “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” Trials and tribulations, mistakes and shortfalls will always be a part of our life and the quicker we realize that forgiveness is available to us the sooner we can move past those negative situations and move forward in life unhindered from the past. The good thing about God is that He is willing to forgive every iniquity and every shortfall. When we in simple humility confess our sins and ask for forgiveness the Bible says God forgives us, cleanses us and will remember our sins no more. (Romans 3:23-26) (Hebrews 10:16-18)
Concerning forgiveness and restoration Corrie Ten Boom said “There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still.” God loves the world so much that He willingly sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into the world to die for the sins of mankind so that those who would trust in Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross for their sins would be forgiven of every shortfall and be called a child of the Most High God. It was an uneven exchange, our sins for Jesus’ righteousness, but thankfully it is an exchange offered without motive or pretense. God’s love is beyond our finite thinking. We can’t fathom the depth of God’s understanding and wisdom, but the good news is He saw fit that we were worth saving. Now how much more should we be quick in accepting the free gift of salvation and resting in God’s love and forgiveness that is offered not only for you and me, but for the whole world? (John 3:16) (Ephesians 2:4-10)
I pray you take this message to heart and let go of your past shortfalls that have kept your life stagnant. Rest in God’s love and forgiveness and make an extra effort to make your life useful now for yourself as well as for those around you. I always say and firmly believe that a well lived life is a life lived in service to others and when we use our hurts and pains to help others heal from theirs I believe that our life’s legacy will be one that we would be proud to call our own. (Romans 10:3) (Romans 12:1-21)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to choose this day to let go of every guilt, every sin and every shortfall knowing that God is able to forgive you and wipe your slate clean.
IN ONE DAY
In Turin, Italy, an anonymous citizen wrote the tax office enclosing 10,000 Lira in the envelope and explained he had cheated on his income tax. He said it caused him to lose his appetite. Then he added, “If my appetite doesn't improve I'll send the rest.”
It sounds like an easy weight loss program, but I don't think it could work for me. Guilt doesn't keep me from eating. It has kept me awake more than once, however.
William Wirt Winchester's widow Sarah built a bizarre mansion in San Jose, California, to assuage her feelings of remorse. It is a house built over a 38-year period at a cost of over five million dollars. The 160 room house has stairways that lead to blank walls, corridors that lead to un-openable doors, 13 bathrooms, 13 stair steps, 13 lights to a chandelier, and 13 windows to a room. Strange.
Her husband was the son of Oliver Fisher Winchester, manufacturer of the famous Winchester repeating rifle. The house is referred to as the “guilt house,” and was conceived as a never-ending building project to provide a home for spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles. Instead of addressing her grief and remorse in more therapeutic ways, Sarah's project occupied the rest of her life.
The late Erma Bombeck called guilt “the gift that keeps on giving.” (She also said she came from a family of pioneers - said her mother invented guilt in 1936.) And it CAN be a gift that keeps on giving when it isn't laid to rest. It can keep on giving problems to everyone it touches - emotional, physical and spiritual. It seems that if we don't find a way to deal with it, guilt may deal with us in some frightening ways.
Do you have unresolved guilt? I'm not talking about “good” guilt, the feelings of shame or remorse that keep us from doing something incredibly stupid or hurtful. I mean unnecessary guilt. Over-anxiety and self-loathing about that which can no longer be changed.
If so, it may help to remember that:
In one day you can recognize where your feelings of guilt come from.
In one day you can decide to make necessary amends to those you may have hurt.
In one day you can decide to ask for forgiveness from others.
In one day you can exercise your spiritual power and choose to be at one with God and the universe.
In one day you can decide to be gentler with yourself and allow yourself to experience the healing balm of acceptance.
In one day you can resolve to learn from the past and not repeat your behavior.
In one day you can choose to do something constructive with that guilt, and then continue every day until it is only a memory.
And best of all, that one day can be today.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Psalm 91:1-4 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.”
Psalm 34:8-10 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear the LORD, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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