Key Verse: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace- Ephesians 1:7
There are various ways of trying to deal with guilt. The oldest method is the cover-up. Remember what happened after Adam and Eve sinned? Genesis 3:7, tells us they sought to cover their nakedness with fig leaves. We too have the habit of trying to cover or hide our sins, but regardless of what we do, when we stand before a Holy God, we stand exposed.
The second-oldest method is to remove responsibility from ourselves onto another person. In Genesis 3:12, when God confronted Adam over his sin, Adam blamed both his wife and God. Eve continued in like manner by blaming the snake. I wonder who you are blaming for your bad habits? Is it your parent’s fault? Maybe you blame society for letting you down? The truth is, we don’t care who’s fault it is, as long as we don’t need to take responsibility.
There are hundreds of other strategies people attempt to deal with the issue of guilt, but however hard we try to suppress it and ignore it, it’s still there. There is a cartoon picturing a psychologist talking to a patient. “Mr. Smith,” he said, “I think I can explain your feelings of guilt. You’re guilty!” Before God, we’re all guilty of violating His commandments. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” But Romans 3:24 continues, “ and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Over and over again in God’s Word, He tells us that He is bigger than our sins. Micah 7:18-19 are some of the most encouraging verse in Scripture, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry for ever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
When God forgives our sins in Christ, He hurls them into the sea. I love what Corrie Ten Boom wrote in her book, Tramp for the Lord, “Corrie Ten Boom knew what to do with her sins. When I confessed them to the Father, Jesus Christ washed them in His blood. They are now cast into the deepest sea, and a sign is put up that says, NO FISHING ALLOWED. Corrie Ten Boom is lazy, selfish, and filled with ego. But Jesus in Corrie Ten Boom is just the opposite of all these things.”
Only in Christ is there forgiveness of sins and removal of guilt.