Guilt. Shame. Blame.
You know . . . those things the enemy uses to discourage you. There’s nothing he loves more than to remind us of our past failures. His goal is to get us to nod in agreement and live defeated.
Because when we are discouraged and defeated . . . focused on our sinful failures, we pull back from the One who loves us and wants us to come to Him for forgiveness.
Psalm 6 is called the first of seven “penitential” psalms. David realized that he was living out the consequences of sin.
Oh, how we hate that word. We don’t want our sins to have consequences. So, we make excuses and blame and “hide.”
But our perfect Heavenly Father wants so much more for us that He allows us to live out the aftermath of our sinful choices.
And it was in the consequential aftermath that David found himself. But rather than wallowing in shame and blame, he honestly took it all to the Lord in prayer…
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.Psalm 6:2,4,6
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of Your unfailing love.
I am worn out from sobbing.
All night I flood my bed with weeping,
drenching it with my tears.
It’s easy to end up overwhelmed by guilt and shame when we realize that our circumstances are the result of our bad choices. We end up weak, in agony, and worn out because of something we’ve said or done.
That’s why, it’s a blessing that we can, like David, run to our Heavenly Father with our tears of remorse and repentance.
And we can, like David, know and proclaim…
The Lord has heard my plea;Psalm 6:9
the Lord will answer my prayer.
He hears the repentant cries of our hearts and promises us forgiveness and freedom.
But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.1 John 1:9
It’s something we can be sure of because He gave us a covenant promise in Christ Jesus.
Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered Himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.Hebrews 9:14
A promise that God shows unfailing love and compassion to all who come to Him for forgiveness.
Where is another God like you,Micah 7:18–19
who pardons the guilt of the remnant,
overlooking the sins of His special people?
You will not stay angry with Your people forever,
because You delight in showing unfailing love.
Once again You will have compassion on us.
You will trample our sins under Your feet
and throw them into the depths of the ocean!
Guilt. Shame. Blame. We don’t have to live there.
By God’s grace, we can humbly take our tears of remorse and run to our perfect Parent in repentance trusting that He will forgive us taking our sins and “throwing them into the depths of the ocean.”
He may not remove our consequences but because He loves us so much, He will use them to guide us and grow us so that we might make better choices in the future.
A Prayer of Repentance and for Freedom From
Guilt, Shame, and Blame
Father, every day the enemy taunts me with whispers of guilt and shame. As I live through the consequences of my own sinful choices, he delights in my foolishness and jeers at me telling me I will never change.
I’m so tired of these feelings of failure and hopelessness. I’m tired of trying to do it myself and failing.
I need Your forgiveness. I need Your help. I’m so very sorry for ___________, please forgive me. Rescue me and deliver me through Your unfailing love.
I am abundantly thankful for Your promises. Your Word says that if we confess our sins to You, You will forgive us. All because Jesus gave Himself for us. I am humbled by Your grace, mercy, and love.
Lord, I surrender myself to Your loving care. Please strengthen me by the power of Your Spirit that I might KNOW, TRUST, and OBEY You. I will SEEK You first that I might know Your heart and follow Your will. And with Your help, I will live each day for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
I don’t want to spend another day tearful and weak over my sinful words or actions. I want to surrender my heart and my will to the Lord and invite Him to help me TRUST and OBEY. And I want to quickly take my sins—things I think, do and say and things I fail to think, do, and say—to my Heavenly Father in repentance.
If you’re ready to live without . . . Guilt. Shame. Blame. If you’re ready to live forgiven and free.
Run to your Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus and trust His promises.
He does not punish us for all our sins;Psalm 103:10–13
He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to His children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
God bless you and give you peace and joy knowing that you are forgiven and free.
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