Guilt is an emotion that is inseparably connected to condemnation. Both have no place in the life of a believer. That’s because our old, sinful natures have been nailed to the cross of Jesus. As a result, we are more focused on our new life in Christ , and enjoy a glorious awareness that God’s Own Spirit lives in us! The blood of Jesus has washed over us and completely cleansed us from our past sin – making us pure and blameless before Him! He replaced our old, sinful nature with His very Own! This means we no longer have a nature to sin! Hallelujah! Now what happens if even with this new nature, we make a mistake and give into the temptation to sin? The Bible clearly tells us in 1 John 1:9, that if we turn to the Lord, and confess our sin to Him, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness! Hallelujah! We are not to run and hide from Him! We are to run towards Him and receive His forgiveness – clearing our consciences of all guilt and shame. A delayed repentance only delays our help from God. Condemnation is not for the Believer who’s heart is engaged in loving and serving the Lord. If after you find yourself under a weight of guilt and condemnation after confessing your sin to the Lord – recognise that weight is not from Him. His kindness and goodness leads us to repentance, and in returning to Him – He takes away the heavy burden of sin and shame and replaces it with the joy of His salvation! Meditate on what the Word says God’s thoughts are towards you, and the truth of how He sees you. It will sharpen your ability to recognise the lies and trap of the enemy of your soul, to keep you in a place of misery and feeling unworthy. Let the truth of God’s Word renew your mind to become righteousness conscious – so you are free to live being led by His Holy Spirit, never having to look back and be dragged down the spiral of hopeless guilt and condemnation again!