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New Life Daily Devotion - Aug. 9, 2009

  • 2009 Aug 09

 Beyond Guilt 

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 
Romans 8:1 NKJV

All of us have sinned. Sometimes our sins result from our own stubborn rebellion against God’s commandments. And sometimes, we are swept up in events that are beyond our abilities to control. Under either set of circumstances, we may experience intense feelings of guilt. But God has an answer for the guilt that we feel. That answer, of course, is His forgiveness. When we confess our wrongdoings and repent from them, we are forgiven by the One who created us.

Are you troubled by feelings of guilt or regret? If so, you must repent from your misdeeds, and you must ask your Heavenly Father for His forgiveness. When you do so, He will forgive you completely and without reservation. Then, you must forgive yourself just as God has forgiven you: thoroughly and unconditionally.

If God has forgiven you, why can’t you forgive yourself? 
Marie T. Freeman

Spiritual life without guilt would be like physical life without pain. Guilt is a defense mechanism; it’s like an alarm that goes off to lead you to confession when you sin. 
John MacArthur

You never lose the love of God. Guilt is the warning that temporarily you are out of touch. 
Jack Dominian

One of Satan’s most effective ploys is to make us believe that we are small, insignificant, and worthless. 
Susan Lenzkes

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for the guilt that I feel when I disobey You. Help me confess my wrongdoings,  help me accept Your forgiveness, and help me renew my passion to serve You. Amen. 


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