It has been my experience lately to encounter many sad souls searching for something to fill the void in their lives. I remember I was at a church one time, and the pastor was preaching on this very thing. How he had encountered so many people with so much promise destroyed by empty, broken, angry, and lost hearts. The one common denominator among all these encounters was the most insidious of all emotions, and that was guilt.
Guilt is a gut-wrenching and lonely burden that causes despair and intense pain and grief. Virtually no one is immune to its effects, and one can often spot a person going through the symptoms of guilt as they exhibit overtly humble attributes, or they may not look a person in the eye, or they shun away from others with their spirit broken, or they may act out in anger unable to cope.
Soldiers coming home from war feel guilt. The guilt they feel may be because they survived when their comrade did not, or they feel guilty for having to use deadly force when they were only doing what their country asked of them. Children from abused homes feel guilty because they think they are the cause of the anger against them, or they feel responsible for the feelings they had while being sexually abused.
Many of us can relate to these emotions, and the burden is so cumbersome that we often think about suicide. For some guilt is placed on our shoulders by a perceived wrong, and then there is the consciousness of our own shortcomings. Millions of souls have been there, hoping above all else to find peace of mind someplace, somewhere, somehow.
If you find yourself in this situation, today might be the day you find peace that passes all understanding. There is a place to lay it all down once and for all at the cross of Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It sounds so simple to just go to the cross and lay that burden down, and that is why Jesus made it that simple because He knew that you are too tired from carrying that burden to do anything else other than drop that burden at His feet. It does not matter what you have done, or what you think you have done; all who call upon the name of Jesus will be saved.
There are evil spirits that walk this earth, and they would like nothing better than for you to carry guilt and shame around your shoulders as long as you live. They thrive on your sadness; they accuse you day and night and find great pleasure in your defeat. The only way to fight them is the redemption of Jesus Christ. Jesus died to redeem you and me, He has already paid our sin debt, and He is knocking at the door of our heart with open arms. Jesus says in John 14: 1, “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
You do not have to go to a fancy church or through any priest or pastor because Jesus is your advocate; He will be there with you. All one has to do is to muster enough strength to get on your knees, or sit in your chair, or lie in your bed and ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you from your sins in Jesus name.
If you do not have a Bible, get one. Many Christian websites do offer one for free, or you can download the Bible application on your smartphone. Read it every day, and pray every day. You will see an immediate change in some things, while other things may take time; but the first thing you will notice is that you feel a lot lighter in your spirit because Jesus took that burden away.
If you have asked Jesus in your heart, do not let the evil one accuse you anymore. He will try to remind you of all the times you failed, but you stand strong and pray and tell him you are now covered with the righteous blood of Jesus. Your sins are blotted out forever. All you have to do anytime you fall short (and you will) is read I John 1:9– “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
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