Matter of Faith: The problem of guilt


From: Bob Williams

Guilt is that moral sense of blameworthiness that we all feel when we know we have done wrong. Guilt produces feelings of shame, rejection, unworthiness and low self-esteem. We deal with feelings of guilt with other people, but we also have the problem of our guilt before God. The Bible states man’s universal problem of guilt before his Creator in Romans 3:19, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: That every mouth may be stopped, and ALL THE WORLD may become guilty before God.”

How do we resolve our problem of guilt before a holy and righteous God? How do we gain the total forgiveness of God? Religion gives faulty answers to this dilemma by offering works such as confession and acts of repentance.

The answer to the problem of our guilt before God is found only in the total provision that God Himself has already provided. Sin can’t be overlooked, it must be paid for. The Mosaic Law and its priesthood pointed toward a one-time, all-sufficient sacrifice that would completely and totally satisfy the justice of God. That sacrifice was offered on a hill outside Jerusalem called Calvary, by Jesus Christ. God offers us total forgiveness for every sin, past, present and future, when we place our faith, not in the confession of sins, but in the one-time payment for them on the cross of Jesus Christ: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace,” Ephesians 1:7.

God’s total forgiveness is available to you by simply making that personal, individual decision to trust in the finished work of Christ. It is that simple: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

If you aren’t saved, trust Christ today and receive God’s total, one-time remedy for all your sin and guilt before Him. If you are saved, let His total and complete forgiveness free you from your guilt and motivate you to faithfully serve Him, Who has: “... forgiven you ALL trespasses,” Colossians 2:13.


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