Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
– Romans 8:34
Many of us fail to grow in our relationship with Christ, not because of our indifference or sin, but because of nagging feelings of guilt and condemnation. We feel unworthy of God’s blessings. Many are even convinced he cannot love them anymore because of what they have done or said.
This kind of thinking is false. God has accepted you completely- based on the forgiveness provided by Christ Jesus on the cross. You are no longer under God’s wrath, but you are a recipient of his grace. You are no longer under the law but under His unfailing love.
Grace came to you freely at salvation and continues to flow thereafter. No misdeed can severe your personal relationship with God. If you have sinned, confession and repentance restore total intimacy. Sacrifice or penance in the form of good works or self- denial is useless. All you need to do is be wholehearted when you come before the throne of Christ.
God is not after your material sacrifices. He wants you. What he wants is for you to come with boldness and humility. The moment that you repent and ask for his forgiveness, He will give it to you and secure you with his unchanging love. His love can cover a multitude of sin. That’s how great Christ’s love for us- it can never be out powered. The Cross is the only resource for guilt. Why?
It’s all because there will come a time that we will stand before God to have our sins judged. Those who have received Gods’ pardon by faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice will not be condemned. However, the Spirit of God is there to convict us not to condemn us. His conviction is to bring us back into fellowship with the Savior. That happens when we admit our mistakes, confess our sins to God and receive his forgiveness.
Guilt afflicts us. We know the inner gnawing and churning that come with having violated the moral or civil code. It drives some to depression, others to compulsive behavior, still others to suicide. If the feelings of guilt have stunted your relationship with Jesus Christ, they can be removed instantly by your humble confession. You need not to worry or be hesitant on confessing before God, because His forgiveness awaits you. All you have to do is be bold before Him. Never let your sins drive you away from His love and providence. His grace will never run dry.
When you repent for your sins, you possess the power of conquering it through the grace of God. In repentance, you are forsaking sins not just confessing them. To forsake is to leave behind, to abandon. We repent not just with our hearts but also with our actions.
When you receive Christ by faith, God declares you not guilty. The slate is clean from both penalty and guilt. Your conscience is cleaned and your burdens are lifted.