What Should I Do With My Guilt?

 

 

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” – John 6:37

 When Adam and Eve first took of the forbidden fruit, they were filled with fear and guilt. Today, the type of sin may differ for us, but the feelings remain the same. When we realize that we have committed a transgression against God Almighty, the same feelings of fear and guilt haunt us. It’s as though our conscience cannot shut up. Thoughts begin to race through our minds. “Will I ever be forgiven?” “Can God really forgive me?” And our tendency, like Adam and Eve, is to run away and hide. We know God still sees us, but we still try to hide. We pray less and try to distract ourselves so that we don’t have to confront our guilt.

As I was reading through Luke 14, something caught my attention. Jesus tells a parable of a man who threw a great party. His servant goes to invite people, saying, “Come, for everything is now ready.” (v. 17) But three of the invited guests responded that “cannot come” (v. 18-20). After inviting other guests, the man told his servant, “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in.” (v. 23) What struck me was the repetition of the word “Come”. The man invited some to “come”, they responded that they could not “come” and so he invited others to “come”. Now, go over to Luke 15 and in the famous parable of the prodigal son, we read, “And he arose and came to his father.” (v. 20)

This word “come” is a significant one. We constantly see Jesus calling the poor, broken, hungry, and outcasts to come to Him. In the Luke 14 parable, it was the “poor and crippled and blind and lame” (v. 21) who came. In the parable of the prodigal, it was the younger brother, after indulging in “reckless living”, who “came” back to the father. Indeed, this invitation runs throughout scripture. There are people who are unfulfilled, unsatisfied, who feel that life is meaningless and they have nothing left to rely on, they are poor. There is the invitation, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters… Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” (Is 55:1-2) Indeed, we are invited to come to the One who fulfills: “whoever comes to Me shall not hunger” (Jn 6:35).

Here’s something we must know about Jesus: He is welcoming. Indeed, as the Pharisees complained, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2) He welcomes sinners!

Yet, like Adam and Eve, our first instinct when we sin is to run. We don’t come, we run, we go. We think we are too dirty for Him! But He covers us with His blood and makes us clean when we come to Him. We think He will not bother about sinners like us. But He eats and drinks with sinners! He is welcoming! Indeed, Jesus has never ever rejected anyone who comes to Him. He has boldly promised, “whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (Jn 6:37).

You may say, “But I am too sinful”. He replies, “WHOEVER comes”. You may say, “but I have committed this sin and that sin.” He replies, “WHOEVER comes”. My friend, you are never too sinful to come to Him. He always welcomes you. He welcomes you now, if you’re willing to come to Him. So, whenever you are haunted by the guilt of sin, you must cry out,

“I will arise and go to Jesus,

He’ll embrace me in His arms.

In the arms of my dear Savior,

Oh there are ten thousand charms!”

 

Daryl first got acquainted with  Transform Student Ministries in 2011 serving in the Summer Intern Program. When we asked Daryl for a short bio for the blog, he told us that he is a great sinner, and has a great Savior.

 

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