“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the saints according to God’s will.
Recently I’ve been processing the “why” of guilt in my life. Guilt can be so very broad. We aren’t doing enough. We are saying too much. We should be a better friend, or mom, or neighbor. These and other thoughts wake us up in the mornings and keep us up at night. But guilt does not have a place in the life of a believer.
Those of us who have put our faith in Christ should not allow feelings of condemnation to remain in our hearts and minds and souls. We need to be intentional about this, reminding our hearts of the truth: He.Is.For.Me.
The Spirit who is always for me does indeed convict me of specific sins. When there is intentional neglect of a command or direct disobedience to the Spirit’s prompting in a specific situation, I confess it to my merciful Abba and receive His forgiveness. I seek to change (repent) for His glory.
But feelings of guilt are not from God. The Spirit is always interceding to the Father on my behalf! He is never against me. The enemy seeks to defeat and discourage me by using guilt, but the Father desires to love me by revealing to my heart the sin that would keep me from peace and joy … or that would separate me from genuine communion with Him.
When I read something or hear something that prompts guilty feelings – with no specifics – I should reject those thoughts. They aren’t from the Spirit, who seeks my best interest, who knows me best, and who loves me most.
It’s important to walk in the Spirit and allow the Spirit to convict us, as well as allow Him to discern for us when we are being falsely accused by the deceiver (Rev 12:10). Victory in our lives comes when we continually repeat this truth: GOD IS ON OUR SIDE.