From Guilt to Grace (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 239)
Romans 8:1 (NLT)
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
One of the biggest burdens people carry in life is shame and guilt. Since we are far from being perfect in any area, we are all faced with guilt and shame of some kind over our real or perceived flaws and certain imperfections. Just by being alive, we all are accustomed to some level of guilt. When sin entered the world, so did guilt and shame.
But this is why we need grace. Grace is as much needed in our lives as air, water, and food. It is very basic to a healthy existence of our souls in this world. God’s grace causes no one to be judged or condemned when they are found in Jesus Christ. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ cover all believers from guilt and shame. Because our sins are forgiven, we can live free.
Jesus Christ has already taken all the guilt and shame we could ever face upon his shoulders on the cross. We don’t need to do anything but accept his free gift of grace. “No condemnation” means God does not judge us according to our deeds, he judges us according to grace. We can be free from worry, anxiety, guilt, and shame because of grace. Jesus bore all the guilt so we don’t have to. This doesn’t mean that as believers we will never fail or never make mistakes, we will. But Jesus’ grace has covered it so we don’t have to live in guilt.
A perfect antidote to guilt and shame is to believe that God loves you. When you realize that God loves you and truly release yourself to the arms of the Savior, it will cast out any fear and free you from guilt and shame. The knowledge of God and his grace pushes us away from the bondage of perfection and shame and fills our hearts with inexplicable joy and peace. Knowing that you are completely forgiven destroys the power of guilt and the weight of shame. Grace saves us where we are, as we are because God would have it no other way.
“It is the truth of grace and not of the law that brings you true freedom. The truth of the law only binds you. In fact, religious bondage is one of the most crippling bondages with which a person can be encumbered. Religious bondage keeps one in constant fear, guilt, and anxiety.”
— Joseph Prince