Excessive Guilt Is a Trap That Will Crush You
Proverbs 24:16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
16 for a righteous man falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Some Christian continue to hold onto their guilt over sins, in which God has already forgiven them. If that is true of you, keep in mind that the Father forgave Peter and the other apostle for abandoning the Son of God in his greatest hour of need. The Father also forgave the man who was expelled from the Christian congregation in Corinth for blatant adultery who later repented. (1 Cor. 5:1-5; 2 Cor. 2:6-8) While it is true that all sin is sin, the Bible does differentiate between serious sins and minor sins. Thus, the Word of God mentions many who were guilty of gross sin or serious sin, who later repented and was forgiven. (2 Chron. 33:2, 10-13; 1 Cor. 6:9-11) The Father will forgive and forget (call to mind no more) your past errors if you are truly repentant and accept his mercy. The ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Matt. 20:28) covers Adamic sin (i.e., inherited sin, human weakness, human imperfection, falling into a sin, if you truly repent. If you truly believe and have faith in the ransom, it can lift the trap of the burden of excessive guilt that you are carrying and will eventually crush you emotionally and spiritually. The ransom can give you the strength to serve God with your whole heart, mind, and soul. – Matthew 22:37.