Guilt is a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined. There is REAL guilt, most of the time for going against God’s principles and commandments and then there’s false or IMAGINED guilt where you haven’t actually sinned, you just think you have. Not to God but maybe going against your own personal moral code. God does not guilt to hold you back from confessing your sins, repenting and continuing thr relationship we have with him. He understand that we are not perfect, all that He wants is for us to come back to Him even when we fall. These are a few steps you can take to overcome your guilt:
- Understand the nature of God’s forgiveness towards you. Know that God will not hold your sins against you if you accept responsibility, feel remorse and ask God for forgiveness.
- Repent of your sins if you haven’t already done so. They big key to being forgiven is true repentance.
- Know that your past sins have been forgiven, and that you are now clean in Christ Jesus. Stop thinking about your past sins and start thinking about the new person you are in Christ. We are NEVER told to mull around our past sins, but rather to forget the things which are behind and press forward. (Phil 3:13, “…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”)
- Forgive yourself! A lot of times, we dwell on our wrongs and don’t move forward even when we know we ought to since God has forgiven us. Jesus made it clear that we are to be forgiving, and that includes forgiving yourself. You need to release yourself from the bondage of unforgiveness.
Let go. Let live. Let it be. Don’t dwell on mistakes or injuries. Each day is a new day and a new opportunity. Don’t live in the past because it no longer exists. Be the best you can be, each day, and be in the moment. No matter what, know that God loves you anyway and His grace is sufficient for you.
Culled from myspiritcare.com