Take All My Guilt Away
Guilt is a terrible master. The chains of guilt cut into one’s heart and drain the life and energy from a person. The constant agony of dealing with an unresolved, unconfessed, and unforgiven act can cause the strongest person to collapse in shame, if confronted.
The New Testament act of Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman is so very powerful on lots of levels. When she was brought to Jesus having been caught in the act of adultery, she was certain that she was just minutes away from dying in a most painful way. The penalty for adultery was clear. The person guilty of breaching the marriage vow to be sexually involved with a person other than one’s mate was to be stoned to death.
Before Jesus in the temple, as she heard the religious men make her sin public knowledge, she must have felt her face burn crimson, her ears hot with shame, and her stomach churning with guilt. Jesus did a most remarkable thing in that moment. He fully upheld the law in agreeing she should die for sin for “all have sinned” and the “wages of sin is death”. His desire was to find a suitable executioner. For since all sinners deserve death, then only the “man without sin could throw the first stone”. All left except the One qualified to be the executioner. Rather than stoning her, he saved her from sin, shame, guilt, and public exposure. He showed her great mercy….”Woman,” He said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way and sin no more.”
Life assurance is far more valuable and important than life insurance. One famous atheist said, “The one thing I envy about you Christians is that you have someone to forgive you.”
A man by the name of Val Patterson died due to cancer. He knew the end was coming, so he wrote his own obituary notice. Because of the some things he said, it went viral. One of the things that he said was: “Now that I have gone to my reward, I have confessions and things I should now say. As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June 1971. I could have left that unsaid, but I wanted to get it off my chest.” Forty-one years earlier as a teen, he committed a robbery. Though he wasn’t caught by the police, he was never able to escape the voice of a guilty conscience.
King David said in Ps 32:1: “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” It is no small comfort when you come to the end of your journey that you know that your sins are forgiven, and that they are not screaming at you in the corridors of your mind, hounding you and chasing you as you pass from this world to the next. (Copied).
Guilt drives folks to do things that they feel will give them some relief, release, or respite from the deep and constant shame of guilt. Some work tirelessly doing things for churches, benevolent agencies, orphans, widows, illegals, and the like…all in an attempt to cover their guilt by being a stellar example of compassion. Guilt can rob folks of their freedom as they seek a number of ways to erase guilt like drinking alcohol to get drunk or trying to get “away” for a while with drugs. Others, work hard to create art works, landscapes, or other things to let their energies be poured out creatively to keep from thinking about their stained soul.
There is a much more effective and lasting way that God provided for us….Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. Psalm 51:1-2; 12.