We’ve all done things we regret. In fact, some live with guilt every day because of a sin they committed. The positive aspect of guilt is that it lets us know we did wrong. But, unresolved guilt is never a positive thing. To live in guilt on a daily basis will hinder one’s spiritual growth. King David lived in guilt over his sin with Bathsheba until he acknowledged his sin to God. “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin”(Psalm 32:5).
The best news of all is that God forgives. No matter where you’ve been and what you’ve done, God forgives. I know you and I know our sins better than anyone and that’s why we struggle with guilt. We overcome guilt by knowing and believing that God forgives. The interesting thing is that God so desperately wants to forgive us that He shed the blood of His Son on the cross for our redemption. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace”(Eph.1:7).
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”(Eph.4:32).