How do I handle lingering feelings of guilt even after I have confessed my sin? - Guilt - TouchPoints

How do I handle lingering feelings of guilt even after I have confessed my sin?

Acts 10:36This is the message of Good News . . . there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Romans 1:16-17For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight.

News that seems too good to be true is sometimes the hardest thing to believe. God’s Good News is the best news you’ll ever hear, and best of all it is true! Every person is on death row—doomed to an eternity of being separated from God. We all have been declared “guilty.” Escape might seem impossible, especially if you have done some terrible things. But to everyone God offers the most amazing gift—freedom from eternal death and life forever in heaven with him where all is good and perfect. All you have to do is believe this Good News by accepting the truth that Jesus died for your sins. When you do, your guilt is gone completely and your life is so changed you’ll gratefully follow Jesus and live the way he asks his believers to live. God doesn’t want you to feel guilty about being free; he wants you to enjoy your freedom and make the most of it.

Psalm 51:7Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Trust God’s truth, not your fickle, fluctuating feelings. Most of your guilt may really be shame and regret over what you have done or the lingering consequences of your actions. Along with confessing your sins, you need to embrace God’s promise to forgive you and cleanse you from shame and regret as well.

Mark 3:28-29“I tell you the truth, all sin . . . can be forgiven.”

Psalm 103:3, 10He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. . . . He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

Forgiveness means that God looks at you as though you have never sinned. When you receive his forgiveness, you are blameless before him. When God forgives, he doesn’t sweep your sins under the carpet; instead, he completely washes them away. If you have confessed your sin, don’t go through another day with the weight of unnecessary guilt.