· Kerry Shook
“What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven!
What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those
who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.”
Psalms 32:1-2 (LB)
How do you handle the pressure of guilt? You can try to repress it; yet, it keeps returning in ever-increasing measure demanding more attention until it seems to consume your thoughts and feelings. Our secular culture calls it bad karma and views it as bringing upon yourself the inevitable and irreversible results that determine your destiny. The good news is that doesn’t have to be your fate. With the truth of God’s Word you can find hope for replacing a life of guilt with a life of grace. God never designed us to live with guilt. It’s the warning light on the dashboard of our souls that should direct us to God for help and healing. More than likely either you or someone around you is secretly dealing with a load of guilt only God can remove. When King David was overwhelmed by the weight of his own sin, He cried out to God. No longer trying to conceal it and repress the crushing guilt he felt, David came clean with God. Listen to his story in this Psalm. “There was a time when I wouldn’t admit what a sinner I was. But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration. All day and all night your hand was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, ‘I will confess them to the Lord.’ And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Psalms 32:3-5 (TLB) Are you carrying a load of guilt? God’s grace is greater than all our sin. Do what David did and experience the refreshing joy God offers those whose guilt has been forgiven.