Freedom from Guilt

This is a story about a husband who came home drunk late one night and snuck up
the stairs as quietly as possible to avoid waking his wife. He looked in the
bathroom mirror and bandaged the bumps and bruises he'd received in a fight
earlier that night. He then proceeded to climb into bed, smiling at the thought
that he'd pulled a "swiftie" over on his wife.

When morning came, he opened his eyes and there stood his wife. "You were drunk
last night, weren't you?"

"No, honey."

"Well, if you weren't, then who put all the band-aids on the bathroom mirror?"

If truth be known, most of us want to hide our sins and the wrongs that we have done for fear of being found out and shamed. However, try as we might, we can never hide the accompanying guilt. We may bury it in the unconscious mind but there it is never forgotten—and what we fail to talk out (confess) creatively we will inevitably act out destructively in one way or another. Unresolved guilt can cause serious physical, emotional and/or spiritual distress and major relational conflicts.

When King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband, Uriah, killed in an attempt to hide his sin, his guilt tormented him.

In the Psalms he wrote, "Day and night your [God's] hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone." - Psalm 32:4-5 (NLT).

We have all sinned and we all need God's forgiveness and healing from guilt and its damaging consequences. The good news is that, as God's Word says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all  unrighteousness." - I John 1:9