November 17, 2019
Guilt. Who has not carried a heavy burden of guilt? Guilt over our past decisions, an action we did or did not take, how we treated someone, not praying enough, not reading our bible enough…. The list can go on and on. It can become overwhelming and burdensome to carry this load alone. Pastor Brandon did a wonderful job showing us a visual representation of what it looks like to carry the burden of guilt. How many of us are guilty of lugging around the big, heavy suitcase of “stuff” that weighs us down? How many of us continue to stuff it so full of guilt that it starts to overflow into our daily lives? Pastor Brandon mentioned if we do not deal with the “stuff” in our heart, the “stuff” will eventually come out in our life in other ways. We snap at people. We blame people. We shut people out. We get very angry when we are angry at the weight of the guilt we carry.
As Christians, we are privileged to have someone carry this load on our behalf. Acts 3:19-20 tells us that we must “repent of our sins, turn to God, so our sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send us Jesus” (NLT). Romans 8:1 tells us there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 John 1:9 tells us if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all wickedness.
All we have to do is give our guilt to Jesus. He was meant to carry the burden for us. He was meant to lighten the load in our lives. I was never meant to carry the guilt and the shame which comes with it. I was made to worship the Lord and be in relationship with Him so He could carry me and cleanse me. God wants to carry your “stuff” for you. Won’t you allow him to do that?