Guilt: It’s History!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Are you guilty? Certainly you are guilty of something. If all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23), then yes, I am guilty and so are you. That is a historical fact. It’s history.

However, I experience a lot of Christians living in perpetual guilt – living defeated. Guilt over not praying enough, not reading their Bible enough, not giving enough, guilt over the imperfection of their humanity, guilt about this and that and the other. It seems many live on a perpetual self-defeating guilt trip.

BUT this happened, just as it was predicted:

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.                                                                                                 Isaiah 53:5

Yes, the spotless, innocent, Son of God was pierced for all our guilt. He died a cruel death, for you and me. Our sin crucified the Savior.

But, He was crucified, and with Him our guilt and sin and shame. He put our guilt to death once and for all. We are not called to live in perpetual guilt, shame and self-loathing – but to embrace His healing love. We are called to live in Christ. Live in the freedom the Son has purchased by His own precious blood.

Guilt is history.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.              Romans 8:1 

Christ calls us to freedom and abundant life.  Today, if you are in Him, shake off your guilty fears and dare to live boldly as a beloved child of the King.     

T.G.I.F.

Friday, March 15, 2019

It’s Friday and the week is near an end. You are free to celebrate that if you want. But maybe TGIF means more than celebrating the arrival of Friday. What if we took it to mean Thank God I’m Free? 

God’s freedom carries more weight and more hope than the end of a weeks work.

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him,  

“If you remain in my word, you are my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” 

These followers responded:

“We are of Abraham, we’ve never been enslaved to anyone”                                   (they had forgotten their history – 400 years of slavery in Egypt).

Jesus replied: 

“Sin enslaves everyone who practices it and the one enslaved to sin will not remain in the house (God’s house). But if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. (paraphrase of John 8:31ff)

At the end of the day you will be “free” of the work week. Free to take off a day or two. Free, because we live in a free society, to do almost anything we please and that will please you. BUT, what if true freedom is more? What if it is a lot more than the freedom to indulge, satisfy, please and cater to ourselves?

Jesus says later, “if you understood your freedom you would love me” (John 8:42). And as the gospel unfold he says, “if you love me, you will love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

Our freedom is not so much a freedom for self, but a freedom from self? Freedom from ourselves is the freedom to love and serve God and one another. Freedom from our sinful passions and desires releases us to a deeper love, a more fulfilling love.

Today, thank God you are free and choose to live in and out of the love with which you have been love. This is freedom worth celebrating, today and everyday. TGIF.