Psalms 38:4-5 —— For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds are foul and festering Because of my foolishness.
There are two kinds of guilt in the Bible. There is Godly sorrow that leads a person to repentance (2 Cor 7:10), which is known as conviction and it comes from the Holy Spirit. Once a person repents, the guilt lifts and they feel relieved and joyful that their sins have been forgiven.
Then there’s another kind of guilt, and that is condemnation or accusations from the devil. Satan loves to torment God’s people by reminding them of their pasts, and continually holding their sins before them even after their sins have been forgiven. This is condemnation and there is no good that comes out of it whatsoever. It tears us down, makes us feel dirty, unworthy and robs us of our faith and confidence in Christ Jesus. It’s a lie from the father of lies, and it needs to be ignored.
Suppose a person has truly repented of their sins but continually feels guilty day after day, even after being told that their past has been washed away and their sins have been forgiven, this person is facing what they call a stronghold.
A stronghold is a lie that is believed. The stronghold of guilt is often not alone; it is usually accompanied with an incorrect perception of our own selves or an incorrect perception of God. People who have a stronghold of guilt rarely see God for who He really is including His awesome forgiving nature. They are new creations in Christ whose past has been washed away (2 Corinthians 5:17), but they simply don’t believe it because they have a stronghold in their mind that needs to be torn down.
There are different reasons why a person experiences the guilt of condemnation. We may try to deny it, or we may try and pretend it does not exist; some may try to bury it deep within themselves. Some people try to minimise their guilt by saying it was not such a big deal, or try to forget it and move forward. Some may try to rationalize their guilt by saying everyone does so. Lastly, some people punish themselves, and begin to believe that they deserve all the wrong happening in their life because they feel very guilty about their past deeds.
Psalm 23:3 ——-He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
The above scripture tells us that God restores our soul. No human can restore his own soul without the help of God. Jesus paid the penalty for every one of our bad deeds with His own blood. When we believe that He alone has the power to forgive our sins, and we ask for forgiveness and accept in faith His forgiveness, then only do we feel peace and joy within.
Guilt comes because we have done something wrong but the Lord tells us He has paid the price for all the wrong we did, so that we could be saved.
Jesus and Jesus alone has the power to forgive sins – If we truly believe this we might remember our sins, but somehow we will no longer feel troubled by them because we believe that Jesus has forgiven us!
The voice of sin is loud, but God’s voice of forgiveness is louder.