For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. -John 3:17 (NIV)
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. -2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
Over the years, I have come to realize that guilt truly is a verdict and not an emotion. While some might rightfully point out that guilt can be a powerful motivator to change course and do better, it is more often a tool I think that the enemy uses to dissuade us from following Christ in a manner that is effective and visible to others. The finished work of the cross should be more than sufficient to cover our sins, provided we embrace God’s wonderful gift, confess and repent.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool. -Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)