Guilt is hard to handle.  It can drag you down; it can control your thoughts and emotions.  Some people can hold onto guilt for weeks, months, years, to even a lifetime. Guilt from sin can bring fear, shame, and hurt.  If you are dealing with guilt from something from long ago or recently, ” STOP.”

In a world full of sin, God sent His son to give us all eternal freedom when we repent from them.  He sent Him to forgive us our sins and show His love for us.

Today’s reading is Leviticus 16:20-34.

Historically, this passage refers to today’s Day of Atonement or Yom Kipper.  The day of Atonement was a time for confession from rebellion and wickedness.  A time to deny self.  What happened on this day with the high priest once a year is now available to us today.  Every day through our Lord’s decision to send Jesus to save us from our sinful nature.

Whatever happened today, yesterday, or in the past. Take it to God. Repent.  Come with a sincere heart. Deny yourself from making excuses or downplaying the sin.  Cleanse yourself from this guilt.  For years I have held onto sin, I would find ways to avoid talking, thinking, or owning it.  I was ashamed, too proud, and would downplay the thoughts and actions I made.  I wish I could say that each day gets easier, that I’m sin-free.  You already know the answer.  Every day is a daily prayer to deny me and my desires.  A new day to repent and pray for obedience and complete surrender of my life for eternal life with Him.

Hebrews 10:19-22 A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.