Jesus Freed You From Guilt And Shame

Grace and peace be unto you.

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).

Do you recall experiencing guilt and shame after confessing any of your sins? Has anyone ever reminded you of your sins after Christ has forgiven you? Scripture says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). When Jesus died on the cross, he freed us from condemnation of present, past, and future behaviours.

The story is told that while Jesus was speaking, the teachers of the law and Pharisees brought a woman to him who was caught in adultery. They put her in front of the crowd and asked Jesus if she should be stoned according to the Mosaic Law. He told them that the person who was without sin should throw the first stone. Disappointed, they walked away one by one. Jesus asked the woman if no one has condemned her. She responded, “No.” He then told her that he did not condemn her and she should go and sin no more (John 8:3-11).  

Our accusers have a unique approach of highlighting our sins in the presence of others. In some instances, the larger the crowd the more motivated they are to reveal them. Of course, the goal is to shame us and lower our self-esteem and self-worth. As a result, our influence and witness for Christ will be weakened. In such circumstances, it behooves us to remember that it is not about us but our purpose in Christ our Lord. Hence, we ought to affirm the truth that our sins are forgiven. God says, “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

Sadly, sometimes we are our own accusers. We condemn ourselves for past actions and walk around with guilt and shame, although Christ has forgiven us. Maybe we perceive the humiliating attitude as appropriate consequences for our sins. Even so, God desires that we change our perspective. He wants us to accept his forgiveness, release the guilt and shame, and walk in his love. Scripture says, So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

When Jesus forgives you, he removes the condemnation associated with your sins. Hence, if you have feelings of guilt and shame after repentance, they are not from God and he does not want you to embrace them.

Published by Nadine

I am a disciple of Christ and He is the center of my joy. I was created to accomplish his purpose. I am a writer and author of five books; 1. The 9 Unhealthy Desires of the Mind: How to defeat the enemy and fulfill your purpose, 2. The Heart of God: Follow His Plan, 3. Keep Moving Forward: Empowered by God's Love, 4. From God's Heart To Yours, 5. More Than Conqueror. Grace and peace be unto you.

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