Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything there is to know about us. 1 John 3:20 TPT
If you’re alive and breathing, I know you’ve felt guilty at some point about something. I sure have! Seems my mind never lets me forget my failures, my weaknesses or decisions I’ve made that perhaps hurt someone else.
What does that kind of guilt and condemnation do to us? Well, I’m glad you asked that, because the next verse says it all: My delightfully loved friends, when our hearts don’t condemn us, we have a bold freedom to speak face-to-face with God. 1 John 3:21 TPT
Do you see that? This is exactly what the plan of the enemy is, to keep me from fellowshipping with God by keeping my mind occupied with ‘stupid’ stuff. But is I simply say, Father, forgive me if I’ve messed up. I’m thankful for the blood that washes away all guilt. It keeps the pathway to intimacy with Him open and clear.
Guilt keeps us in the dark, but truth keeps us in the light.
I want to live in the light, and the truth of His forgiveness and grace is the only thing I need to be thinking on. If and when God needs to show me the error of my ways, He will do it in a way where I will learn and move on. I was not designed to dwell out of fellowship with God. It is that alone that keeps me on the right path.
He knows everything. He knows my struggles and my failures and He still loves me. I can live with that!