And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 ESV
Sometimes I have to admit, I'm pretty hard on myself. A sinner, saved by the blood of Christ, I tend to mess up daily, and then I spend time wallowing in my own guilt and condemnation. Let me share something that the Holy Spirit has impressed upon me lately. Guilt is a selfish thing. When we focus on our guilt, we are focusing on ourselves. Grace on the other hand, leads us towards the absolute realization of what Jesus did for us on the cross, and when we meditate on that, God can work in us because our thoughts are centered on Him.
We tend that if we aren't punishing ourselves, then something isn't right. Guilt is a lie from the pits of hell. Nothing you do or will do is a surprise to God and still he chose you. God loves you exactly as you are, right now. God loves who you were, and who you will be. What God wants is to be able to work in us, to make more like Christ daily in the process of sanctification. What God gives us in that process is conviction, a gentle nudging from the Holy Spirit.
If you are feeling condemned, know that God loves you, He chose you, and he doesn't condemn you. Look to Him daily, and know sisters, you are always in the grip of His grace.
God I thank you that you took my sin, shame and guilt to the cross. I thank you that even though I am not perfect, I'm your chosen, beloved child. Forgive me when I do sin, but as well, help me to know the great gift of grace You have given me. In Your holy name I pray, Amen.
Do you tend to let guilt and shame run your life?
Spend time meditating on Romans 8:1 this week and know you aren't condemned. You are loved.
Chelsi Woods is a Jesus loving, tattooed soccer mom, who’s passionate pursuit is making sure people know their worth in Christ alone. Effected by loss through suicide at a young age, through music, public speaking and writing, Chelsi hopes to bring people closer to Christ and offer the message of a supernatural peace and hope in Christ and Christ alone. Her hobbies are Pinterest fails, dad jokes, and embarrassing her 10-year-old daughter with her solid dance moves.