“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’–and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
Christ the Guilt Offering
Sacrifices made under the Old Testament law were only a picture of the perfect sacrifice that was to come. Verses 1-4
The death of Christ becomes the perfect and complete sacrifice, replacing the old way and establishing the new order for obedience to God’s will. Verses 5-18
Only through identification in Christ, His death and resurrection, can we confidently stand before God, purified and cleansed of the guilt of all sin. Verses 19-23
How can I know if the inner voice I’m hearing is God’s loving conviction of sin or Satan’s false accusations?
Be willing to search out your motives for the behavior that produced the guilt, and then learn to recognize what is truly from the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 30:21 (KJV)
(21) “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Recognize the Voice of Your Enemy
The Bible teaches that Satan loves to disguise himself by masquerading as a representative for God. He brutally accuses and condemns those with a sensitive conscience. He uses undeserved guilt as his most powerful weapon. Satan incriminates committed Christians, using guilt and fear to generate severe spiritual discouragement. Learn to discern the lies of Satan. He often communicates with a subtle use of unreasonable “should’s.” Here are some examples of this this attack.
You should be smarter and more capable.
You should be able to get over your loss much more quickly.
You should have been more careful and conscientious.
You should do more for the poor people around you.
You should endure hardship and pain with dignity.
You should never let anyone know your real feelings.
You should never cry or show weakness.
You should be the perfect friend, mate, parent or employee.
“The accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God?
day and night, has been hurled down.”
Resolve to Forgive Yourself
Although some sins bring greater consequences than others do, God’s viewpoint is that sin is sin. His forgiveness covers all sins, yet some of us place ourselves above God and become unwilling to forgive ourselves. The Bible mentions no exceptions. If you choose to have a self-focused, unforgiving heart, you will struggle with the following:
Uncertainty about where you stand before God
Undesired compulsive behavior
Unscriptural false humility
Unawareness of God’s priorities for you
Undervalued sense of your usefulness to God
If self-condemnation is your burden, memorize the following passages of Scriptures. God’s Spirit can succeed where you have failed.