You (Guilt) Trippin!
I was talking with a friend of mine and she was telling me her struggles with sin. I remember my days in high school and college where I would pray to God to forgive me for being “bad”. Walking around looking for God to punish me for being less than perfect. This mindset holds you captive, as you think you must not sin in order for God to love you. But over the years, I have realized that is not the characteristics of God.
During that conversation I texted my friend this message below:
“Nothing will make Him love you more or less, guilt should not last, it should drive you to repentance not drive you to be “perfect”.“
We will never be perfect and our righteousness will always be as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). But our hearts will change when we come to Him. Every. Single. Time. There will always be a next time with us, and God will always take us back with open arms. But we have to go to Him. We cannot live in guilt ditch. That is a waste of the life He gave us. God doesn’t want your actions, He wants your heart.
And this is why I change…
“For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. “