My four year old grandson, Caleb, had gotten into trouble. They were about to eat dinner so his dad told him he'd be disciplined after they ate. (I wonder what my grandson was thinking during that meal!) At the meal, he ate all his food and behaved like the angel I know him to be. After dinner his dad told him he was going to forgo the discipline since he had behaved so well. Caleb walked into the next room where his mother was and exclaimed, "Whew, that was a close one!"
As a Christian, when you do something wrong and you aren't punished, do you think, "Whew, that was a close one?"
Christians say wrong things. We do wrong things. We think wrong things. We know they should not be part of our Christian life. Still we do them.
Unlike my grandson agonizing as he waited for the discipline he knew he deserved, Christians need to remember they have someone who took their punishment. Jesus suffered it for us! Sometimes we lose sight of being forgiven of ALL sin, past, present and future.
Satan has a stranglehold on some believers. He has burdened them with guilt over their sins. They are discouraged and despondent. They feel they are pathetic Christians.
Let's me suggest something to you. When you do something wrong and Satan comes to you throwing a guilt trip your way say this, "Satan, you're right. That was wrong of me to (you add whatever it is here.) I'm sorry I did it. It is unbecoming of a believer. But, praise God, Jesus took that sin to the cross and I am free from its guilt." Satan now has nothing to work with and you will not be bound by guilt!
Glad I don't have to live with guilt, Gloria