While attending a counseling seminar as part of an in-service program for a district school, this writer had the opportunity to hear a practicing psychiatrist speak on the subject of guilt and its effects on people.  He stated that some eighty- –five per cent of his patients’ health issues were the result of guilt and their inability to set failures aside and move forward with their lives.  The Bible is a wonderful textbook on the subject of guilt and how it can be removed so that the individual is no longer plagued by the mistakes of the past.  Scripture is filled with God’s promises of forgiveness and cleansing. First there is forgiveness from man’s separation from God because he possesses a sin nature.  The power of that nature to hold the human race in bondage was broken on the Cross of Christ.  Christ removed the issue of sin which separated mankind from God by being judged for the sins of the entire human race.  “He (God the Father) made Him (God the Son) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21 NASB).  But often is heard the comment, “you do not know how bad I have been?”  Scripture says … "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool” (Isa 1:18 NASB).  God goes further and says … "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isa 43:25 NASB).  That leaves no room for guilt concerning past sins and failures.  But what about the sins we commit after salvation? That we sin as Christians is quite obvious.  If there is any doubt concerning this, just ask your spouse or a friend.  Sin breaks fellowship with God but we remain His possession, for eternal life is not temporary by its own definition.  For fellowship to be restored, God’s provision for cleansing and forgiveness must be appropriated by faith on God’s terms.  In both the Old and New Testaments, God’s solution for broken fellowship is given.  David’s acts of adultery and murder brought dishonor to his reign, but his sin was against God.  When faced by God’s prophet, he quickly responded … “I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; and Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah” (Ps 32:5 NASB).  Luke records the story of the prodigal son who, having come  to his senses while down in the hog pen, returned home and said … “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son” (Luke 15:21 NASB).  In the Apostle John’s first epistle, he addressed some Christians who claimed to be so spiritual that they no longer sinned.  He said they were deceiving themselves. To stop there would have left these believers out of fellowship, in arrogance and with eventual feelings of guilt.  Instead, he gave them God’s grace solution for when we sin. “If we confess (acknowledge) our sins, He, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wrong doing” (I John 1:9).  Thus, any sins committed after being saved are merely acknowledged to God claiming the promise of forgiveness and cleansing.  All of our sins were already judged on the Cross. Once present sins are admitted to the Father, fellowship is restored and the Christian is to move forward, not reliving past failures.  “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:12 NASB).  If God chooses to remember our sins no more, how dare we keep bringing them up to Him with thoughts of guilt?  To do so is to doubt His perfect grace provision in Christ, inflict misery on self, and adversely affect the lives of others.  A fellow pastor, now with the Lord, would powerfully remind his congregation -- “God has buried our sins in the deepest sea and placed a NO FISHING sign there.”  Where then is there room for guilt?  

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