Guilt is the enemy of grace. 

The startling truth is that most believers are more familiar with guilt than grace. They feel guilty because they never look deep enough to see how justified they are before God. Instead, they choose to suffer under guilt rather than staying free in grace. 

The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians not to receive the grace of God in vain.

1We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2 Corinthians 6:1

How do you receive God’s grace in vain?

It is when you treat grace too lightly. This happens when you let guilt rule your heart. Guilt is self-punishment. Guilty feelings cannot be trusted, they are unholy and unhelpful. Guilt makes you powerless against sin. Guilt imprisons you in despair. Guilt paralyses you in fear.  

The way to deal with guilt is to open your heart to grace. One of the great things about grace is that you can start all over again. You can begin afresh with God. Guilt makes you feel sorry, but grace helps you say, “I’m sorry”.  Grace takes you out of your guilty self and carries you away to God.

Grace heals what guilt scars. 

Grace is amazing, don’t take it for granted. Don’t you dare let it go. 

© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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