Let go of your past guilt and look forward to the promised prize

By: Lisa Wilmore

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I greet you in the only name that matters, and that name is Jesus the Christ. Once again, our Lord has allowed me another chance to share thoughts of encouragement with you. For this reason, I am excited! Please allow me a moment to thank him for his grace and mercy. Because he sacrificed himself, we have another chance. “Thank you, God, for your Son, our Savior, Jesus.”

My encouragement to you today is to “Let go of your past guilt and look to the promised prize” (eternal life). In many instances, we make mistakes which make us feel shame and regretful of what we have done. Some guilt may be healthy because it brings us closer to Christ and a sincere repentant heart. On the other hand, guilt may be extremely unhealthy when individuals can not forgive themselves. This type of guilt could possibly keep persons from moving forward and looking to the promised prize. So, if you are dealing with unhealthy guilt, it is time to realize that it is time to “Let go of the past and move forward.”

Paul reminds us in the letter written to the Philippians, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Certainly, Paul could have been remorseful and held on to guilt for the things he had done in his past such as persecuting the church. However, he chose to press forward.

Maybe you are a believer who can not get rid of a guilty feeling for something you may have done in your past. Well, Jesus does not condemn you, and neither should you condemn yourself. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it” (John 3:17). His ultimate goal was to offer salvation to all. Let go of whatever guilt you may have, and allow God’s love to reign which takes the guilt away.

Carrying the burden of guilt is far beyond what Christ wants for us. He knows that we will make mistakes. However, he has already forgiven us and forgotten the mistakes. In Psalm 103:12, the writer pens, “As far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” So, let your guilt go! God has.