by Bobby Bruno
5/29/2014 / Devotionals
"These are regulations for the guilt offering. It is most holy."
The forgiveness of Jesus Christ removes all guilt through His grace. To have a guilty conscience over a sin you have committed once that sin has been forgiven is to say that Jesus really hasn't forgiven you for that sin. To feel guilt after committing a sin is a normal reaction as the Holy Spirit convicts us of our wrong-doing. But Jesus has already forgiven you of that sin even before you make it, so lingering guilt is a temptation from the devil. Satan wants you to feel guilty for every sin you make, but that temptation to keep on reliving that sin through your guilt is unnecessary since Jesus has already forgiven you because He took your sins upon Himself on the cross and nailed all of our sins there along with His body.
In the Old Testament, sacrifices were only made once a year. That means that only once a year could the people of Israel feel forgiven of their many sins committed throughout the past year. Today, thanks to Jesus Christ's allowing Himself to die as He did we are forgiven even before we have sinned. The only requirement that Jesus wants from us is that we confess our sins to Him in agreement that we have indeed broken a law of God. Once we have confessed, any guilt we feel should immediately fall away into the pit where Satan belongs. Guilt never comes from God; guilt is a temptation from the pit of Hell. A guilty conscience is a good thing only for as long as remember that we have already been forgiven. God wants us to keep short accounts, that way the devil can't get his hooks of guilt into our minds and hearts.
The only time I can remember having a guilty conscience was before I got saved. One day I was gossiping to a co-worker about another co-worker who I couldn't stand. Little did I know, and my fellow co-worker didn't tell me, was that the co-worker I didn't like was standing right behind me listening to every word I said. Needless to say, I felt terrible, and tried to apologize to her over and over again, but she wouldn't have it. Unfortunately, she left the company before I could gain her forgiveness. That was the last time I gossiped about anybody without looking over my shoulder first. Once I was saved, I stopped gossiping for good. I was able to confess it to God and I gained His forgiveness for my words even if I never gained hers.
Bobby Bruno was saved 15 years ago in a way that left him no doubt that Jesus wanted him to reach others with His great and abounding love. He started writing at the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since. He achieved Associates Degree in Biblical Studies from Ohio Christian University in early 2014.
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