Obedience and Guilt
February 27, 2017, 9:13 AM

If you were honest with yourself, would you say that you are strong-willed and stubborn? If you have ever parented a strong and stubborn child, you know frustrations that can arise from it. When God looks at you, does he see His child in this way?


Obedience is not an easy way to live. When we are obedient we must give up power and control to someone else and follow their will rather than our own. Obedience involves trust, and surrender. The problem for many of us is it’s really hard to trust and obey God when you feel guilty in his presence. You might be thinking, “Okay, I know Jesus died for me, but I still feel like such a fool. I don’t feel worthy of his love.” Is this where you are today? The Bible tells us that confession is a necessary part of healing the damage of guilt: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” John 1:9.


Confession is God’s way of purging the poisons out of our system.  It cuts through all the pretending, denial, and defense.  We have to get rid of the guilt, in order to be obedient.  We need to understand what Jesus has done for us. He has forgiven our sins, every one of them.  Confessing our sins, saying them out loud to our God without blaming others and without pretending, placing them in God’s forgiving hands can free us from that burden of guilt. Our minds can know forgiveness and our hearts can feel forgiven.  We need to remember that Jesus Christ was the only person in our world that was completely obedient to God. "Though he was God's Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do." Hebrews 5:8  Trusting God and being obedient to His will move us into His glorious presence where we can feel safe surrendering our lives to Him.

This is my Prayer:  Jesus I’ve heard the gospel message and know that I have been forgiven, but I don’t feel forgiven. I still feel dirty; I still feel like I am a disappointment to You.  Lord I need your strength to lay my confession down, to lay my burden of guilt into Your forgiving hands.  Holy Spirit I truly trust you to guide me into a life of obedience.  God give me the faith necessary to submit to You in every way. In Jesus name, Amen.