Do you think God sent His Son to save you just so you could keep walking around guilty and depressed? Do you think Jesus was tortured and killed for your sins just so you could continue to walk around feeling ashamed and horrible? Do you think the Holy Spirit was sent here to encourage you for you to just push the encouragement away and walk around discouraged and bitter?
We are all sinners. Guitly in every degree. Jesus washed that away at the cross. The forgiveness, the change, and the rest is all right there waiting for you to accept it. I know it is hard to let go of beating yourself up. I know. You feel like you have to because that is what you deserve. But that takes away from the suffering Jesus went through to save you. It says that what He did wasn’t enough. That you don’t think His power was enough to save you and you must punish yourself to be saved. Jesus did it because you can’t. Do you hear me? You can’t!! You will never punish yourself enough. You will never punish others enough. You will never behave well enough either and neither will anyone else.
What God sent His Son to offer you is forgiveness, continual forgiveness. Guilt creates bitterness creates sin creates guilt creates bitterness creates sin….
How do we break this cycle? Believe in your forgiveness by the power of Christ (breaks guilt). That leads to believing in forgiving others by the power of Christ (breaks the bitterness). Believe the power of Christ will change your desires (breaks the chains of sin). Do you see how accepting the gifts you inherit when coming to Christ benfits you, others, and your testimony?
Believe the words of God are for you. Believe Jesus died and resurrected for you. Believe the Spirit when it encourages you along your walk with Christ.
Believe that God is working in you. Pray back His promises to Him and let your faith grow. Like the woman that touched the hem of His garment with great faith…you will be healed.
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”And the woman was healed at that moment.