"When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my
groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand
was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the
drought of summer" (Psalm 32:3-4 NKJV).
you identify with the words of the Psalmist David? If
you have ever suffered with the burden of guilt, then
you understand the Psalmistís words. If anyone ever
fully understood the pain that guilt brings to a
personís life, David did. Read 2 Samuel 11 to find
some of Davidís most well-known blunders. The guilt of
his sin weighed heavily upon his mind. It made him
restless. It consumed his energy. The burden of guilt
does the same for you and me.
do we do with guilt?
Listen to the Psalmist: "I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ĎI will
confess my transgressions to the LORD,í And You
forgave the iniquity of my sinĒ (Psalm 32:5).
Notice that the Psalmist didnít say that he tried to
cover it up (though David had tried it before, 2
Samuel 11). He didnít try to ignore it, hoping it
would go away. He didnít try to run from it, nor did
he try to make excuses for his wrongful actions.
Rather, he acknowledged the fact that he had committed
sin and confessed those sins to the Lord. The
Lord forgave him.
Jesus died on the cross so that we, too, might be
forgiven of our sins. He "bore our sins in His own
body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might
live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were
healed" (1 Peter 2:24). In order to have our sins
forgiven and the burden of guilt lifted from our
lives, we must believe in Him (Acts 16:31), repent of
our sins (Acts 17:30), and be baptized so that our
sins can be washed away (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Then, as
we continue to walk in the light as He is in the
light, the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from
all sin (1 John 1:7).
we have responded to Christ on His terms, we may know
the blessedness of forgiveness of which the Psalmist
wrote in Psalm 32:1-2: "Blessed is he whose
transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute
iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit"
you allow the Lord to set you free from the burden of
guilt by responding to Him on His terms?
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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