In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
July 17, 2007 – The Weight of Guilt – John 3:16-17
False guilt can be an intolerable weight for the believer to bear. The nagging sense of shame may cause us to doubt the Lord’s love and goodness. We might even start to wonder if our salvation is real. Thankfully, we can find relief.
First of all, it’s helpful to identify the root cause of our guilt. For example, it might involve legalism or criticism. Next, we must affirm three truths:
One, remember we are special. Any reason we give to “prove” otherwise is a lie from Satan. Each of us is a one-of-a-kind creation. Ephesians 2:10 says the Lord created us and blessed us with specific talents and abilities meant to be used for His glory.
Two, remember we are loved. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so we could live with Him eternally. We don’t have to do anything to earn His love. It’s already ours for the receiving. We simply must believe He died in our place, was buried, and rose again.
And the third truth is to remember we are forgiven. If we confess our sins, He forgives. First John 1:9 promises us the process is that simple.
The Enemy stimulates false guilt. Our final step must be to renounce his lies. We must make a declaration to this effect: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I reject these feelings of guilt. They have absolutely no scriptural basis. They are false, and I refuse to acknowledge them.” As a result, the heavy weight of guilt will lift from our hearts.
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