Let me give you some advice that will help you with guilt in your life – we all make mistakes. Everyone. There is not a person who doesn’t make mistakes (God excluded of course). Mistakes are actually a great way to learn.
Thomas Jefferson was famous for saying that as he was inventing things, he found thousands of ways not to make them successfully instead of saying that he kept failing over and over. Life is all about how you look at situations.
Guilt is basically about separation from love (1 John 4:18). When people know and truly believe that they are loved and forgiven of their mistakes, then they are not afraid of their “badness”.
Always remember that Jesus said that He did not come into the world to judge or condemn us but to actually save us (John 12:47).
Feelings of guilt are straight from the devil himself. Satan wants us to wallow in guilt and rejection so that we will not be any good to serve others. Of course when we do not serve others, then we do not glorify God nor serve His purpose of spreading His Word all over the world.
It’s ok to make mistakes – I give you permission in case anyone asks you, just tell them Pastor Brad said it was ok to mess us from time to time! Making the same mistake over and over means we are not paying attention to what we are doing.
Bottom line is, Jesus gave us a way to ensure that we never have to feel guilty. First, when we make mistakes, we apologize to whomever we may have hurt. We then repent of the mistake to God and let Him know that we agree with Him that it was indeed a mistake and that we will do our best to do better next time. Finally, we actually try to do better so that there won’t be a next time. Rest assured there will be a next time because we are human, but we know very well that Jesus forgives us and paid for all of our mistakes already.
Never hang your head in guilt. Instead, hold your head up and look to God to remind you that you are already forgiven!
Pastor Brad Komgenick