Yesterday I was engaged in a conversation with a pregnant first time momma. Glory.
I asked her, “Can I get you anything? Water? Coffee?”
Her response went something like this, “I would love a coffee, but I am trying not to drink much caffeine, and every time I do, I feel so guilty.”
I am fairly certain we all have it.
Actually, I am pretty sure it develops simultaneously as that little embryo declares your womb his home.
I acknowledged the guilt and told her it’s something I still struggle with. Every. Single. Day.
It doesn’t miraculously go away once you can drink coffee, eat sushi, and indulge in a glass of wine again.
Nope. It’s always there putting thoughts in your head like…
Did I spend enough quality time with each kid today?
Was the TV on for too long?
Did I rush through bath time?
Is my kid the only kid without a cell phone?
The list relentlessly goes on and on, right?
Sometimes this guilt lies deep in our past… haunting us from months or even years ago.
What if my kids find out?
What if I am passing them a generational curse?
I don’t deserve this beautiful life because of who I was.
In Matthew 5:8 Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
The word pure in this verse is the greek word katharos and it means; clean, guiltless, innocent, upright.
Did you catch the G word?
Is it possible to be cleansed from your sin but still carry the guilt?
Have you ever asked forgiveness for something twice, three times? Yep, me too and that my friend, is the guilt talking.
The enemy cannot deny our freedom so instead he weighs us down and attempts to bury us in our guilt.
“No one else has such a messy past.”
“What would people think if they knew?”
“You call yourself a Christian?”
“You will never change, never get better.”
Those thoughts are from none other than the enemy.
Picture yourself walking along (alone, hahaha as if) and in one hand you are carrying some rocks, these rocks will represent guilt of past sins and in the other hand you are pulling a wagon. One by one you lift your burdens (your rocks) to God and throw them along the side of the path. But as you lift them up and cast them off, the enemy is right there gathering them up and loading them in your wagon.
The wagon is getting heavier and heavier.
It’s slowing you down to the point that you feel like you can go no further.
The weight of the wagon slows your journey, ruins relationships, and turns you into a hot defeated mess.
But here’s the best part… the wagon is optional, we don’t have to keep pulling it.
We can let go entirely.
When Jesus came to set us free from sin and death, he was also setting us free from from guilt, even the mom kind.
I’m sure of it.
He commands us, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” Act 10:15
It’s that simple.
He calls you pure.
You are forgiven.
No more guilt.
Here are a few questions to ponder…
Are you still pulling your wagon?
What rocks of guilt are you draggin along, past and present?
What keeps you from completely leaving the wagon behind?
What if today was the day you dropped the wagon handle and never picked it up again?
What if today you decided to truly be free?
All you have to do ask.
He wants you to be free.
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