The Guilt of Sin
Daily Bible Reading – Ezra 9, 10; Psalm 131; Luke 21
Today’s Key Passage – Ezra 9:1-9
Ezra knew the seriousness of sin, and he knew that no one sins without affecting others. Ezra was so overcome with guilt and sorrow over the sins of his people that he “tore [his] tunic and cloak, [and] pulled hair from [his] head and beard” (9:5). Ezra also knew that despite his sins and the sins of his people, God’s love and mercy had spared the nation when they did nothing to deserve it.
For many people, religion and guilt go hand in hand. Sometimes we can all feel like religion or church puts an unwanted spotlight on our sin, and it causes us to feel guilty for what we have done, but this is not what God wants. God loves each of us so much that he made the ultimate sacrifice – he gave his one and only Son to take away all of our sin and our guilt. We can live guilt-free knowing that through Jesus Christ we are saved – not by what we have done or not done in our past, but by what He did for us. God saved us by His grace and mercy alone. It is a free gift and all we have to do is receive it. When we do sin, the freedom of Christ allows us to go to God, confess this sin to Him, and ask for his help in repentance.
Instead of trying to run away from God out of guilt or shame, we can run TO God for help in restoring our relationship with Him. God will always accept us and love us just as we are. While it is true that He abhors sin, He truly loves us unconditionally just as we love our own children. When you sin and are truly sorry, confess this to God, ask for His forgiveness, and then accept his grace and mercy. Accept that your sin has been washed away and that God has forgotten it. Then, turn from that sin and run toward God by making the necessary corrections and walking in step with Him. Never let the guilt of sin weigh you down. Instead, focus on the wonderful grace and mercy of God.
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