Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
- Romans 8:1-2
“I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.
- Isaiah 43:25
“Have you been there? Have you felt the ground of conviction give way beneath your feet? The ledge crumbles, your eyes widen, and down you go. Poof!
“Now what do you do? … When we fall, we can dismiss it. We can deny it. We can distort it. Or we can deal with it. …
“We keep no secrets from God. Confession is not telling God what we did. He already knows. Confession is simply agreeing with God that our acts were wrong. …
“How can God heal what we deny? … How can God grant us pardon when we don’t admit our guilt?
“Ahh, there’s that word: guilt. Isn’t that what we avoid? Guilt. Isn’t that what we detest? But is guilt so bad? What does guilt imply if not that we know right from wrong, that we aspire to be better than we are. … That’s what guilt is: a healthy regret for telling God one thing and doing another.”
- Max Lucado, A Gentle Thunder
I have resolved, on News Years Eve, to not have any resolutions. Therefore, I have no regrets when I can’t make it past lunchtime on New Year’s Day. But isn’t resolving to not resolve anything a resolution? Does my subconscious dream up things that should be improved in spite of no resolutions? With me, there are so many areas of improvement to choose from, and I cannot seem to focus long enough on any of them to get any improvement, anywhere.
I guess that last paragraph sounds more fitting for a Romans 7 quotation, but one thing that we should resolve to do and that is to accept the forgiveness that God offers.
Jack Dominian wrote, “You never lose the love of God. Guilt is the warning that temporarily you are out of touch.”
Guilt is a warning. When the fire alarm sounds, you react. You do not hang onto the sound of the alarm. Hanging on to guilt does something to us. God has forgiven us, but we fail to go to God because of something that, according to Isaiah 43, God has forgotten. Je has moved on, why can’t we? And to not talk to God as a result?
As I mentioned in a recent post, a relationship that fails in two-way communication is not much of a relationship. To regain that relationship with God, we must confess our sins and move on, determined to not go down that road again. Yes, the ground beneath our feet may crumble as Lucado mentions, but then we listen to the alarm – the guilt, then we confess, repent, and start over another time, leaving the guilt behind. If we persist, we’ll eventually find firmer soil that will not crumble, but we must first persevere.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.