One of the biggest reasons so many are living broken lives is on account of guilt. It tears us down, making us feel lousy, dirty and unworthy. Jesus not only came to cleanse us from our sins, but also to set us free from the guilt of our sins.
People will try numerous strategies to deal with guilt. Most people will follow the example of Adam and Eve, attempting to cover up their sin and hide. Whilst others will attempt to suppress the feeling of guilt. There are two varieties of guilt in the Bible. Condemnation shouts, “Your mistakes! Your sins!” In Contrast, conviction shouts, “The Blood of Jesus washes away sins!” Satan loves to torture God’s people by reminding them of their pasts, and continuously presenting their past sins before them, even after their sins have been forgiven.
Conviction, on the other hand, shows us the answer. Scripture assures us in 1 John 1:9 “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” One of the Holy Spirit roles is to convicts us of our sins and installs a healthy sense of guilt in us until we confess, repent and leave it at the cross. This guilt works like pain in our bodies. It is an invaluable warning light that says something is amiss and alerts us to a problem. However, when we repent, God forgives immediately and entirely. At that moment, we are released from guilt.
God was not playing games when He promised to forgive us when we repent. The Message Bible puts it this way in Romans 8:1, “Those in Christ no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”