Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Psalm 32:5 “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
Whenever I make mistakes, I would often feel guilty, more so when I have hurt someone. Guilt troubles my heart, takes away my joy and makes me restless. I have learned that guilt weakens the Spirit of a person and slowly pierces one’s heart.
In 2 Samuel chapter 12, when King David made a big mistake and sinned against one of his greatest soldiers, Uriah, he had heaviness of heart, and guilt almost crippled him. After being confronted and rebuked by the prophet Nathan, he realized his fault and humbly asked God for forgiveness, and God forgave him and gave him a new heart and a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10).
Guilt had paralyzed many lives, but like what God did to David, God offers freedom for everybody, including you. God, our Father, knows that though you were made wonderful, you are not perfect. God knows and understands that you make mistakes. He does not want you to live in guilt and regrets. God will embrace and welcome you with forgiveness. He wants you to live with gladness. He gives you grace and mercy when you come to him with a humble and repentant heart like David.
God replaces your guilt with peace and joy. He assures you that he loves you still, no matter how big your mistakes were. Jesus promises to stay with you all the days of your life on earth (Matthew 28:20). The Spirit will guide you, so you will make fewer mistakes, be guiltless and be the better version of yourself.
Remember, Jesus already paid for your mistakes on the cross. He will give you a new heart and a new spirit. So, live guilt free because you have been freed.