Read: “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
This week, we’ve been looking at how we can get trapped in the blame game, and how Christ has set us free through propitiation. But, what happens when you mess up? If we’ve been set free from blame, is it wrong to feel bad when we mess up? No! We have been set free from blame, but guilt - what we experience when we disappoint God - is something very different.
Guilt happens when we sin, when we disappoint God. Experiencing guilt is healthy, because it allows us to understand that we have sinned. It’s not until we understand that we’ve sinned that we realize we need Christ. Without that feeling of guilt, we wouldn’t know how desperately in need of a savior we are. When we accept Christ into our lives, and are forgiven of our sins, we are able to recognize our mistakes, ask for forgiveness, turn away from that behavior and quickly let go of the feeling of guilt. It’s when we hold that feeling in an emotional vice grip, despite being forgiven, that guilt becomes blame. Satan uses this feeling of blame and shame as a source of pain that creates unnecessary obstacles in our walk of faith. If he can keep us crushed under the weight of blame, he can keep us from remembering the overwhelming gift of grace that life in Christ offers us every single day.
Until we are fully sanctified (when we make it to heaven), we will mess up, disappoint God and feel guilt. But, recognizing when we can’t let of go of the guilt is key to overcoming the blame game. If you find yourself struggling under the weight of blame today, read through Romans 8:1-17, as Paul reminds us of God’s forgiveness and the peace that comes from having a mind set on Christ.
Pray: God, help me fully understand the difference between guilt and blame. Forgive me when I mess up, and remind me that you take my guilt away. If I ever find myself struggling under the weight of blame, remind me that because you have forgiven me, I can forgive myself. In Jesus’ name, Amen.