Guilt and shame have a way of trapping a person deep within their soul. Did you know that Jesus Christ forgives your sin the first time that you ask him to? When you make a wrong choice, and realize that you have sinned, you repent. When you repent, Jesus forgives you for that sin. Most people don’t accept that God’s forgiveness comes that easy. In the Old Testament, your sin would not have been forgiven that easily. You would have had to pay a price for your sin. Sometimes, your penalty was death. In Christ, ware is forgiven because Jesus Christ died for our sins (John 3:16).
It is important to note that “this world” will always condemn you for the wrongs that you have done repeatedly. Human beings often want to point the finger at someone that has done wrong. However, when people began to point their finger at Mary Magdalene, Jesus spoke on her behalf. He said, “He is who is without sin, cast the first stone” (John 8:7).
Let us not that the thief on the cross next to Jesus said that he was sorry, and Jesus responded to him, “This day you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Jesus forgives easily. The reason why you are still holding onto your guilt and shame is because of several reasons. You may wonder if God really forgives you because you feel that you deserve to be punished for you sin. This is Old Testament thinking. You are ashamed of what you have done and don’t want to be called out on it. This is normal because everyone is ashamed of their sins. There is no sin greater or less than another. The world may see murder as a worse sin then stealing. However, in God’s word, a sin is a sin. You need to ask Jesus for forgiveness when you have done something wrong. Repent of your sin and don’t willingly make the same mistake over again. Show God that you are truly sorry by staying away from your sins.
For many, the flesh is weak, and they fail to repent of their sins. Some sins are harder than others when it comes to repentance. All that you can do is to ask God to give you strength to overcome your sin and to defeat Satan. Satan the accuser loves to enter your mind and accuse you of everything that you have done wrong. However, keep on telling yourself that Jesus has forgiven you. Colossians 3:13 tells us to forgive someone as God has forgiven you.
Today we see all kinds of accusations happening in the media. As Christians, we need to know that forgiveness is in the will of God. If you point the finger at those that have wronged you and want them to pay for their sins, your heavenly father will not forgive you either (Matthew 6:15). Remember, when you are having an unforgiven heart at those that have wronged you, don’t expect God to forgive you either.