According to Merriam-Webster, the online dictionary, guilt is defined as a feeling of deserving blame for offenses or feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy.
Before accepting Christ as Lord, guilt played a large role in the reason why salvation appealed and is appealing to many. Guilt is a casualty of sin, and a big reason why so many Christians remain stagnant in their Christian walk.
Some people feel as if truly living free in Christ is very undeserving, which catapults them into a position of working for freedom. Why? Why work for freedom when it is freely given? 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
Why feel unworthy of forgiveness? God already said He would remember our sins no more.
Having the mindset of caring what others think and say about him/her plays a significant role in being beholden to guilt. Society, by its standards, should not dictate to any believer about the specific time-frame him/her can be absolved from guilt. It is surprising how many believers are influenced by their peers of when, where, how and why. Living for Christ means freedom from fear, doubts, insecurity and guilt.
For some, guilt has become normal. Normalizing guilt creates a false narrative which can create many repeated cycles before change can be introduced. However, change is possible because John 8:36 makes it clear, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." Freedom comes when the spirit is receptive.
Song of Forgiveness
King David was a man after God's own heart. David was chosen by God to be king over Israel. David was a very focused, spiritual man who wanted to please God. However, King David committed a sin by lusting after another man's wife (2 Samuel 11). He compounded the sin by engaging in adultery with the woman and impregnated her. David thought he could cover up his transgressions but it was not to be so. Not only that, David had the woman's husband killed indirectly during battle.
David was tortured with guilt because he remained silent. God sent a prophet to David to open up David's eyes and heart to the sin he committed. David did not point any fingers or use a flimsy excuse to exonerate himself from his transgressions. King David acknowledged his folly and repented. God accepted and cleansed him from guilt even though David's spiritual crimes were detestable.
Steps to Freedom
How does one defeat guilt and accept forgiveness?
1. Recognizing and accepting scripture as truth
2. Believe that salvation is free. One does not have to work for freedom.
3. Daily exercise faith. Intentionally choose to trust in God's leadership.
4. Never cease to pray.
5. Self encouragement. (ex. I am more than a conqueror. Romans 8:37)
Welcome To Freedom
The key to freedom is not to continue to practice past transgressions. Even if one is to fall into sin, grace is on standby. All believers owe it to themselves to be healed in order to be an effective part of the body of Christ. Doesn't matter a believer's past, no matter how recent, it is accepting freedom in order to heal and push him/her into a divine future.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17